Once in Australia the family is able to pick themselves up & eventually Will moves them to a spit of land that he feels is "His own. His own, by virtue of his foot standing on it". The only problem of course is that Aboriginals who had no concept of owning land, had been using it for generations. From here the novel really finds its own and follows Will through decisions that he can't always totally agree with, and yet lead to both a tragedy & him finally becoming a wealthy landowner.
Grenville does a great job describing the dirty cold streets of London as well as her native sunny warm Australia. She is able to turn what is in many ways a morality tale showing how man is fallible & can not always understand how his decisions will lead to consequences into a well rounded story.
The early descriptions of London are wonderful, as are some of the Australian scenes. The book is not a page turner, but is easy to read & has great language. It in fact won the 2008 Commonwealth Prize....Continua