Craig Godfrey


1814 is a tale of two hemispheres and a man and a woman who initially shared little but the English language. Of a man of peace — a doctor - ensnared in the violence of the American revolution, forced to flee the former American colonies of King George III. Of a very young woman fighting for survival amid the injustice, poverty and corruption of early nineteenth Century Britain. A woman who is unjustly sentenced to transportation to Van Diemen's Land. British 'justice' was harsh beyond belief at this time and at its worst in its treatment of female convicts.
At this point in history Britain and particularly the Royal Navy were all powerful and the American doctor sought anonymity under a new identity. He 'signed on' with a group of sealers who had their own notorious empire in the remote islands of Bass Strait. These sealers, to this day, are recognized as the most evil of men.
It is in this lawless world that two good people meet. This is a world the writer/ historian and master story teller Craig Godfrey understands very well. Though fictional his characters fiercely illuminate the times, the remoteness and the people that populate these colonies.
This is a sweeping human panorama of the lives of convicts, free settlers, Aborigines and of good and evil. The action is constant often violent and yet love triumphs in the end.
Warren Boyles

592 printed pages
Original publication



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