Napoleon's Last Island by Tom Keneally
Whilst living in exile on St Helena, Napoleon exerted an extraordinary influence on young Betsy Balcombe. How did she get from Napoleon's side to the Australian bush?
Betsy Balcombe as a young woman lived with her family on St Helena. They befriended, served and were ruined by their relationship with Napoleon. To redeem the family's fortunes William Balcombe, Betsy's father, betrays Napoleon and accepts a job as the colonial treasurer of NSW, bringing his family with him. William never recovers from the ups and downs of association with Napoleon. His family however flourish in Australia and remain renowned pastoralists in Victoria.
Tom Keneally, with his gift for bringing historical stories to life, shares this remarkable friendship and the beginning of an Australian dynasty.
Paperback | 448 pages
151 x 233 x 33mm | 560g
02 Nov 2015
Random House Australia
Milsons Point, Australia
A book that has been read but is in good condition. Very minimal damage to the cover, including very minimal (barely visible) creasing on the front cover, but no holes or tears. The majority of pages are undamaged, with no creasing but very minor tearing to the bottom corner of pages 87/88 and 89/90 (see pics 3 and 4). No pencil underlining of text, no highlighting of text, no writing in margins. No missing pages.