5 Star Award!
A continuing Kev Richardson historical account of his extensive ancestral family tree, down through the evolving times of the industrial revolution brought on by steam-engines, hand-crafted train coaches and the ever-spreading spider-webbing of railroad tracks on the raw new continent of Australia. This author has an enchanting way of portraying the reality of living, breathing people behind the facts and dates found in your history books.
In An Epic Life, history shows in the mid 1800s, it became important to populate the British colonies’ frontiers. It was a time in history when the number of sons was the only thing that ensured future prosperity. While adventurous men put their backs into the needed workforce to conquer the new land, the brave young brides did what they did best... kept house and bore new ‘Littlies.’ It was a harsh land, and not all of them survived, as the graveyards attest. It was a time when men and women braved the unknown to develop new territories.
Steam engines challenged the prospects of a meaningful future for those who recognized the importance of learning their letters and numbers. Education became more important than just for the elite. Even for those spunky enough to educate themselves, letter writing became one of the only ways to keep in touch with uprooted families, constantly on the move to wherever their work demanded they go.
After his father’s untimely death, as the oldest child in the family, it fell to Charles Allison Richardson to face the responsibility of providing for his mother’s family. Apprenticed at age twelve, Charles became fast chums with cousin Richard, and once educated in the service of the Royal Engineers, Charles set out to explore the new land, finding passage through the challenging terrain of the Blue Mountains. The family progresses to senior railway management.
Kev Richardson carries you through the laughter and pathos of a large family bent on taking care of its own. The integrated families have a proud history, and a bloodline to uphold. The story includes numerous nuptials, births and unexpected funerals. It was an era when loyal family members stuck together through thick and thin—happiness, contentment... or grief, determined to survive each new challenge.
Conger Book Reviews, USA
Following a career in business management at international level, Kev attained a degree in journalism to then sweat as far up the River Nile as one can get, canoe down the Amazon, flash countless rolls of film from atop the Eiffel Tower, the heights above Yosemite, the Victoria Falls et al, scream “Ole” at a Chihuahua bullfight, ride elephant trails in Thai jungles, wallow in the incredible history of Rapa Nui’s Maoi, and as convention almost demands, was mugged in Bogota. His articles on travel to exotic lands have featured in travel and airline magazines around the world.
Meanwhile, being a sixth generation descendant of Australia’s First Fleeters with an obsessive interest in Australia’s founding history, he was concerned over the generations of suppression in the education of Australians, on clouding the truth in what really happened. Years of fact-finding with the help of other dedicated researchers revealed all and Kev vowed to set the history books aright by bringing the brutal truths of convictism to light. He is well qualified to do so for as a student of First Fleet history he has presented his subject on many occasions in press, radio and television interviews. He is a Past President of ‘The First Fleet Fellowship’ and a Past Secretary of ‘The Descendants of Convicts Inc.’. During Australia’s 1988 Bicentenary he officiated in Founding celebrations in Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart and Norfolk Island and for his work during that Bicentenary, was created Honorary Life Member of ‘The Regiment of Redcoat Descendants’.
Kev now devotes his life to writing on not only his country’s convict history, but general fiction with an Australian flavour. He recognises the growing trend towards digital reading so follows the world’s top authors in publishing his works both as traditional paperbacks and eBooks.
His Gurrewa and Brogan series released by Wings ePress are followed by Letitia Munro in October 2008, To Plough Van Diemen’s Land in June 2009 and The Terrible Truths in December 2009, the last three being more works on his country’s convict beginnings. Short synopses of all can be read on www.kev-richardson.com. And more works are in the pipeline.
These days Kev travels less, having retired from his Gold Coast home, left his grown family and friends to write from experiences and adventures during his exciting travels, happily ensconced in the foothills of the Golden Triangle in amazing Thailand’s exotic north.