5 Stars...Son of Gurrewa is a worthy sequel to Award Winning Gurrewa. Kevin Richardson has the unique ability to tell his country’s history as it affects people, by letting his lifelike characters tell it from their own minds in their own words. This preamble on Australia’s convict beginnings makes the reader believe he or she is really there, influenced by the real events of those days. You cannot but help feel part of it!
—Libby Abbott, Aussie eBook Reviews
5 Star Award!
Adam Ashby is Kev Richardson's fictionalized convict-birthed character born to an unwed couple, a ‘bolted’ convict and his ‘colony-wife.’
His story represents the real life history of New South Wales' struggles to become more than just an overflow prison for England's criminals. It bares elements of history that earned Australia the reputation of being The Lucky Country – the Land of Opportunity. where good luck and stamina combine to imbue a robust people.
For those of you who missed the history in your Historical reads, you'll not be disappointed in this factional account of Australian history 1790–1820s
—JoEllen, 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.