A visit to Port Arthur, a Victorian penal colony in Tasmania, which was formerly known as Van Dieman’s Land, inspired Clare Cohen to combine her love of reading, story-telling and history to write this story.
She began to imagine how a boy from Victorian London could have ended up on the other side of the world and what lengths his family would have gone to find him.
For many years, Clare has helped adults to learn to read and enjoy literature, in addition to running two book groups.
The Wild Boy of Van Dieman's Land
What do you think could be the worst thing that could happen to you if you were so hungry you stole a bun?In Victorian England, any theft at all could see you hung or sent to the other side of the world to a penal colony where you would be taught a lesson you would never forget. Your wickedness must...