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Thomas Pamphlett book cover

Here are some reviews on my nonfiction book (now an ebook by Australian eBook Publisher) on the early 19th century Australian convict, Thomas Pamphlett, Through the Eyes of Thomas Pamphlett: Convict and Castaway.  Details of where the ebook can be obtained (Amazon, Kobo, Apple and Google) follow the reviews. (Is line spacing at WordPress always just hit and miss?)

Reviews at Goodreads

or individual reviews …
By Valery · ★★★★★ · June 14, 2017 –
Through the Eyes of Thomas Pamphlett: Convict and Castaway by Chris Pearce tells an engaging story of history as well as crime and punishment in the not too distant past. Pamphlett began life in horrific conditions in Manchester, and worked as a brickmaker at a young age. The way in which Pearce… …more
By Maranda · ★★★☆☆ · June 14, 2017 –
To be totally honest, I had never actually heard of Thomas Pamphlett before reading this biography. “Through the Eyes of Thomas Pamphlett: Convict and Castaway”, written by Chris Pierce, is an interesting look at the life of a man that held plenty of adventure, danger, crime, and drama. This hist… …more

By Kimberly · ★★★★☆ · June 18, 2017 –
This is a well written non-fiction historical by Chris Pearce. The author does a wonderful job with providing details and really painting the locations and time frame for the reader. It wasn’t hard to really feel that you were part of the story as you read along. I found that I really further und… …more

By Grady · ★★★★★ · May 18, 2015 –
`Whether Pamphlett learnt much at school, other than fighting, swearing and thieving, is doubtful.’
As British-born Australian author Chris Pearce states in his book’s preface, `After 25 years in federal and state public service and 12.5 years in two stints in the real world, I am now writing eBoo… …more

By Kay · ★★★★★ · August 30, 2015 –
Excellent Historical Fiction
Through the Eyes of Thomas Pamphlett is a historical/non fiction novel about Thomas Pamphlett. Author Chris Pearce does an excellent job describing his life and journey through his 25 days as a castaway. It’s truly a fascinating story, and you can tell that Pearce did… …more

By Veronica · ★★★★★ · July 09, 2015 –
Through the Eyes of Thomas Pamphlett is a historical/non fiction novel about Thomas Pamphlett. Author Chris Pearce does an excellent job describing his life and journey through his 25 days as a castaway. It’s truly a fascinating story, and you can tell that Pearce did a lot of research for this b… …more

By Karen · ★★★★★ · August 31, 2015 –
Thomas Pamphlett was an Australian convict on a 25 day castaway journey. I have known a bit about him and his life, but was interested to learn more because I find his story fascinating. When I found this book by Chris Pearce, I just knew I had to read it. I am impressed by the author’s writing s… …more

By Marisa · ★★★★★ · May 19, 2015 –
Awesome story. I mean seriously? It is non-fiction and the man, Thomas Pamplette, gets 14 years in prison for stealing a horse. With laws now adays you can commit murder and get less. Very interesting read about our not so distant past!! …more


Reviews and letters relating to the print version (which is virtually the same as the ebook, including 100+ illustrations)

‘… he has done a mighty job.’ ‘I … found myself glued to the pages.’ Review by Terry O’Connor, The Courier-Mail, Brisbane, 4 December 1993, p.W7.

‘Pearce’s book is much more than a history of Pamphlett’s life. [There are] whole chapters on the life of the convicts, the background and the general history.’ ‘The book comes with an excellent index, is well produced and well illustrated.’ Review by National Trust magazine, Queensland, April 1994, p.23.

‘This is more than the story or family history of one convict.’ ‘The photographs are wonderful …’ ‘… this work provides a guide to what family historians can achieve. I thoroughly recommend it to any one with an interest in any aspect of the convict system of colonial Australia.’ Review in Descent, the journal of the Society of Australian Genealogists, Sydney, vol.24, no.2, June 1994, p.78.

‘Mr Pearce is to be congratulated on his work on Thomas Pamphlett. He has written a detailed book on an important figure in the establishment of Brisbane, made that information easily accessible and placed it in the wider context.’ Review by Dr Michael White, QC, Journal of the Royal Historical Society of Queensland, vol.XV, no.9, November 1994, pp.455-456.

‘This book is not just good, it is outstanding …’ ‘Not only is it well written, it is easy to read, entertaining and above all accurate.’ ‘… it should find its place alongside other classics … such as … Robert Hughes’ [international best seller] The Fatal Shore.’ Letter from Mr John Sands, Wynnum Manly & Districts Historical Society, Brisbane, 25 March 1994.

‘What a magnificent book!’ ‘Congratulations! You’ve written one of the most fascinating, enlightening books I’ve read for such a long time …’ ‘[The book] was close to ‘can’t put down’ category for me – as it was for our daughter, who’s not a regular bookworm!!’ Letters from Mr Frank Warrick, newsreader, Seven Nightly News, TV Channel 7, Brisbane, 4 March and 5 May 1994.

‘… a beautiful production.’ ‘… you write very clearly and logically …’ ‘It would make a great TV series …’ Letter from best-selling author Mr Hugh Lunn, 21 March 1994.

‘[The book] is one of the most accurate accounts of our early history.’ ‘Chris Pearce skilfully contrasts the life of the Moreton Bay Aborigines with that of the white society of the day.’ ‘I take pleasure in recommending this book to anyone interested in Australian history and things Australian.’ Letter from Brisbane Lord Mayor Jim Soorley, 15 November 1993, who launched the book at City Hall.

‘Congratulations on a fine production.’ ‘I enjoyed the whole story very much, particularly the Moreton Bay section …’ ‘… the choice of illustrations was excellent.’ Letter from Ms Kathleen Hamey, the Balmain Association, Sydney, 14 January 1994.

Where to obtain a copy of the ebook


Australia: https://www.amazon.com.au/Through-Eyes-Thomas-Pamphlett-Castaway-ebook/dp/B00QHEGGA6

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Through-Eyes-Thomas-Pamphlett-Castaway-ebook/dp/B00QHEGGA6

US: https://www.amazon.com/Through-Eyes-Thomas-Pamphlett-Castaway-ebook/dp/B00QHEGGA6

Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Through-Eyes-Thomas-Pamphlett-Castaway-ebook/dp/B00QHEGGA6

NZ: as per US

Kobo Books

Australia: https://www.kobo.com/au/en/ebook/through-the-eyes-of-thomas-pamphlett

UK: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/through-the-eyes-of-thomas-pamphlett

US: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/through-the-eyes-of-thomas-pamphlett

Canada: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/through-the-eyes-of-thomas-pamphlett

NZ: https://www.kobo.com/nz/en/ebook/through-the-eyes-of-thomas-pamphlett

Apple iTunes

Australia: https://itunes.apple.com/au/book/through-eyes-thomas-pamphlett/id946797962?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

UK: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/through-eyes-thomas-pamphlett/id946797962?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

US: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/through-eyes-thomas-pamphlett/id946797962?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Canada: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/through-eyes-thomas-pamphlett/id946797962?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

NZ: https://itunes.apple.com/nz/book/through-eyes-thomas-pamphlett/id946797962?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Google Play


Two excerpts



Summary of the book