BOOK REVIEW | The Catalpa Rescue

By Peter FitzSimons

Peter FitzSimons is an Australian “celebrity” journalist and TV personality who affects a red bandana. He was also, apparently, once a champion rugby player. He has, by producing histories on a production line basis, become a prolific creator of “novelised” Australian history.

BOOK REVIEW | Mutiny on the Bounty – A Saga of Survival, Sex, Sedition, Mayhem and Mutiny

By Peter Fitzsimons

If you like reading “novelised” history, you will probably enjoy this book. Your reviewer, however, cannot see the point of embellishing real history. He finds it hard to come to grips with the fact that Peter Fitzsimons is described by his publisher as “Australia’s bestselling non-fiction writer”, when, as the author himself writes, he constructs his work “in the manner of a novel”. Your reviewer finds the expressions contradictory.

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