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The Iron Wire Paperback – October 1, 2014
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Garry Kilworth has taken a piece of the history of Australia and has given us an engrossing insight into this period. I found his writing style easy, and it didn't take long to become absorbed in the experiences of Alex McKenzie, a young telegrapher from England, thrust into the often hostile environment of outback Australia.
Reading this novel brought back memories of the clatter of the telegraph key, and the feeling of apprehension when a telegram was delivered to the door.
I do recommend this to anyone with a skerrick of interest in the development of world-wide communication.
There is a lot of interesting things that happen along the way, but at times reading this book is like waiting for paint to dry. In my opinion, there is just too much description in this book. Sometimes I felt like I was traveling across a desert land without enough water. Those who like Australian history and the first telegraph line to bring communication across it to connect Australia to the rest of the world would likely enjoy this book.
All was satisfactorily sort out in the end leaving me with a profound respect for the men, and women, who laboured to settle Australia. With the transmitting of the first morse code message it was clear that the world had changed. It had become smaller. A message that took 6 weeks before the Overland Telegraph Line was completed to go across the world could now be sent in minutes. Carolyn Worth
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An important documentation of Australia's history in a very gripping novel.