Lovely to see some great early reviews for Garry Kilworth’s new novel The Iron Wire, the story of a young telegrapher taking part in a venture in the Australian outback that would change the world of the 19th Century.
Over on her blog, World Fantasy Award nominee Anna Tambour hails it as a new Australian classic:
Kilworth captures so much of the mystery, beauty, night terrors, and fascination of the uninhabited Australia that I especially recommend this novel to the vast majority of Australians who would no more venture into the bush than they would, drink a cup of pre-barista International Roast… The Iron Wire: A novel of the Adelaide to Darwin Telegraph Line deserves to take its place amongst Australian classics — and is a ripper of a read, anywhere.
Readers posting reviews on Amazon have been equally positive:
I read this book in one go because eh! Suspense! The descriptions are very vivid. You can almost taste the dust! … It’s also beautifully written. It makes you realize that while we can all write a sentence; we can’t all write a beautifully turned sentence. It’s wonderful to read something so well written.
For anyone who loves history, this is a must read. Mr. Kilworth has taken a virtually unknown event in Australia’s history and brought it to life.
A great yarn that carries the reader into the heart of the then barely explored Australian outback as history is being made by ordinary men.
Very evocative of time and place. A well-researched book which grips from the beginning…