Its 1st edition, Gurrewa, was awarded a Finalist Degree in the International Epic Awards of 2003—the first novel on the Founding of White Australia told through convict eyes since Marcus Clarke’s For the Term of his Natural Life (1870) – Gurrewa tells the story of Australia’s first white settlement and the Aboriginal demise told both through the eyes of a convict lad learning about life, people and values, and the eyes of the Sydney Cove Aborigines. It empties the vacuum cleaner with which modern Australians were at last cleaning under the carpet where, for generations, the dust of truth was swept.
Adam, a London gutter waif, his only skill the art of street survival, accepts his world in happy ignorance. He evaluates humanity not according to precepts of social expectation but of experience. He seeks tenderness and succour in an environment that provides neither. In the horrors of the hulks and transportation, his emotions find outlets in dreaming, in torment, in love, in adventure. From his first days at Sydney Cove, he lives the shame of a new nation’s founding. Threatened securities become shattered and he can but dream of a world where there is compassion and dignity.
The Aborigine too, finds his securities shattered, faced with the dilemma of the painful, terrible realisation that his heritage is crumbling.
Disparaged that in the convict heart is only shame for his world, Adam discovers in the black man’s culture, solace and dignity, yet the shame will not die. Alongside the Aborigine, he takes up the fight against the white advance—a fearful, emotional war that cannot be won.
5++ Stars !
I wept for Adam Ashby, not because he lived such a degrading, despairing life as a lowly convict, but because he had finally discovered acceptance and respect by the Aborigines of New South Wales, only to be hunted down by his own people. He had bolted into the wilds rather than be flogged for his latest crime. This is a poignant story of a boy who in his teens searched for a kind and gentler world where a person could be loved for simply being himself. Instead, he is jailed and thrown in with hardened criminals and military men who greedily seek power over their charges. In spite of what this criminal environment has in store for Adam, he nonetheless survives. Yet it is his searching for empathetic love and respect that carries him into manhood. And Oh, that ending! It hit me right in the gut. Masterful stuff!
… JoEllen, Conger Books Reviews (USA)
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This third edition continues emptying the vacuum-cleaner with which modern Australians are at last cleaning under the carpet where for generations, the dust of truth was swept. It is the first intensive study of what happed in Sydney Cove, told through convict eyes, yet with added meat, since Marcus Clark’s masterpiece ‘For the Term of his Natural Life’ in 1870. It delves too, into the Aborigine facing the terrible realisation that his heritage is crumbling. Gurrewa gives us a remarkable insight into the perturbations of both the convict and the black man, for his tomorrows.
… Libbie Abbott, Aussie eBook Reviews
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5 out of 5 Star – Outstanding
Gurrewa is an impeccably researched history of Australia’s First Fleet of settlers and convicts. It is told through the mind and body of a fourteen year old London street gamin who is sentenced to seven years for lifting a few articles of clothing. He is sent to labor on the Thames hulks before being transported to Botany Bay.
Richardson skillfully tells the story of convict hardship in stark reality. The reader does not suspect he is being given a history lesson. A lesson few of us have heard. I strongly urge anyone to pick up a copy of this excellently written work.
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Gurrewa tells the brutal shame of a new nation’s founding, the plight of convicts, and of Aborigines facing the terrible realisation that their heritage is crumbling. Author Kev Richardson has caught the flavor and pure awfulness of the time about which he writes. His characters are well drawn and believable. Without hesitation I recommend this story to anyone who likes historical or mainstream tales.
… Anne K. Edwards, eBooks Reviews Weekly
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Gurrewa, first novel of Australia’s convict history told through convict eyes since Marcus Clarke’s For the Term of his Natural Life in 1870, has just hit the market in its third edition.
An award winner, it details the experiences of convict life when, in 1788, the First Fleet of Great Britain’s wayward men and women set foot in Botany Bay to establish a convict settlement. It empties the vacuum cleaner with which modern Australians are at last cleaning under the carpet where, for generations, the dust of truth was swept.
Adam, a London gutter gamin, his only skill the art of street survival, accepts his world in happy ignorance. He seeks tenderness and succour in an environment providing neither. In the horrors of the hulks and transportation his emotions find outlets in dreaming, in torment, in love and adventure.
From his first days at Sydney Cove he lives the shame of a new nation’s founding. Threatened securities become shattered; he can but dream of a world with compassion and dignity.
Aborigines, too, find their securities dwindling. Adam bolts, to live with and understand the terror amongst them. He takes up the fight against the white advance…a fearful, emotional war that cannot be won.
Dr. Bob Rich (Australian Award Winning Author) 2 August 2018
“World War 2 was the most welcome and alluring war of all time.”
A ten-year-old lad begins the saga of his next six years influenced more by military strategy, political power and bathos than by parents or mentors. As a means of discovering how people react to adverse situations and the fundamental lessons of history and geography are taught him in the most exciting ways. To put it in his own words, “It beats schoolwork, hands down!”
His impassioned sense of wonder cause him to question what fate can bring to people’s lives, how many different reactions can ensue from any one incident. His experiences as a lad growing up during World War 2 and the influences of the thousands of incidences reaching his eyes and ears, to all of which he seeks answers, establish the path his life will take.
If you love history, wrote JoEllen of Conger Book Reviews, USA, I highly recommend you read all of Richardson’s extensive historical writings.
5+ Stars ! Finalist in the International Epic Award, 2011
Multi-published historical writer, Kev Richardson, has a way of bringing the history of his homeland, up front and personal. A Welcome War presents a young lad’s impressions and compulsion to follow the happenings of World War II. He recounts his personal translation of the war that changed his life. As a young teenager it influenced his future more by military strategy, political power and bathos than by parents or mentors. In discovering history and geography, he finds the lessons graphic indeed.
To use his own words, “It beats schoolwork, hands-down!”
JoEllen Conger… Conger Books Reviews USA
Award Winner! 5+ Stars !
World War 2 was the most welcome and alluring war of all time.
A ten-year-old lad begins the saga of his next six years influenced more by military strategy, political power and bathos than by parents or mentors.
As a means of realising how people react to adverse situations, and in discovering history and geography, he finds the lessons graphic indeed. To use his own words, “It beats schoolwork, hands down!”
Libby Abbott – Aussie eBook Reviews
5 Stars !!
Finalist in the International EPIC Awards, 2016 !!
A young man is denied self-respect in his own country.
Victim of an antiquated law, he faces a desperate disconsolation for a meaningful future.
This sensitive and touching tale of hopelessness for any sort of career or sense of pride in anything, is the highlight of this exposure. Bearing the yolk of being cast by law into the ranks of the unemployed, even at the moment of birth, Ali faces a forlorn and forsaken future.
An archaic Egyptian law declares that every child born, must take its father’s nationality. Another law declares that foreigners are not allowed to work in Egypt. From his moment of birth, despite born to a wealthy ambassadorial attaché and an Egyptian mother, Ali can never find employment. Must his honours achieved in a Cairo University education be cast aside because his birthright denies him the right of a career?
Declared a Sudanese, with that neighbouring country torn apart in Civil War, Ali cannot work there either; if crossing the border, he would be assassinated for being his father’s son. What can he do when visa’s are denied Sudanese visiting a western country? All fear being ‘smothered’ by countless Sudanese wanting to flee the mayhem at home!
A visiting westerner, however, acquainted with this young man’s situation, realises the inhumane dilemma facing anyone in such a situation. He takes up the challenge of finding a way around this hapless fellow’s political dilemma.
Libby Abbott (Aussie eBook Reviews) claims: Richardson, in yet another fine work of character studies, excels himself in unravelling such an inhuman tangle.
In A Soul Forsaken, Kev Richardson exposes yet another unique twist in his long list of personal experiences when travelling.
At a History Seminar at the Cairo Museum, a chance meeting with a local father and son, his hero is exposed to an intriguing anomaly in humanitarian law. An Egyptian born son can be educated to achieve honours in his chosen university studies, yet is denied the right to make it a career.
This true tale is of a young man who by Egyptian law, must take his father’s nationality, making him a foreigner in his land of birth. Another law denies foreigners in Egypt, the right to work. Because his father’s country is in an ongoing civil war, the young man risks assassination if even visiting there, let alone wanting to reside and work.
A visiting foreigner of a western country takes up the challenge of finding a way around the poor fellow’s political dilemma.
Richardson, in yet another work of fine character studies, excels himself in untangling such a humane tangle.
Libby Abbot, Aussie eBook Reviews
I highly recommend reading A Soul Forsaken, whichis a very sensitive and touching story. Kev Richardson, multi-published Historical writer brings us a tale of a young man considered a foreigner in his own birth country, without privileges or freedoms, that the average person would consider his birth right. I was emotionally drawn into the injustice of Ali el Haq’s situation. You too will fall in love with Ali’s struggle and determination to find a country willing to grant him the right to live a productive life.
JoEllen Conger – Conger Book Reviews USA
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