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Issue Details: First known date: 2019... 2019 The Trespassers
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'Fleeing their pandemic-stricken homelands, a shipload of migrant workers departs the UK, dreaming of a fresh start in prosperous Australia. For nine-year-old Cleary Sullivan, deaf for three years, the journey promises adventure and new friendships; for Glaswegian songstress Billie Galloway, it’s a chance to put a shameful mistake firmly behind her; while impoverished English schoolteacher Tom Garnett hopes to set his future on a brighter path. But when a crew member is found murdered and passengers start falling gravely ill, the Steadfast is plunged into chaos. Thrown together by chance, and each guarding their own secrets, Cleary, Billie and Tom join forces to survive the journey and its aftermath.

'The Trespassers is a beguiling novel that explores the consequences of greed, the experience of exile, and the unlikely ways strangers can become the people we hold dear.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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Echoes Amy Baillieu , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 416 2019; (p. 39)

— Review of The Trespassers Meg Mundell , 2019 single work novel

'As the ship carrying nine-year-old Cleary Sullivan and his mother, Cate, sets sail from Liverpool, there is a ‘flurry’ among the passengers. A ‘violent slash of red; tall as a house and shining wet’ has appeared on the dock, visible only to those onboard. Cleary’s mind fills with images of ‘some diabolical creature of the deep, blood erupting from its mouth’. The reality is more prosaic – some spilt paint – but it is an ominous beginning.' (Introduction)

Plague Tale Sails Close to Reality Bec Kavanagh , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 17 August 2019; (p. 25)

— Review of The Trespassers Meg Mundell , 2019 single work novel

'Meg Mundell’s The Trespassers is a clever, complex and ambitious novel that could be about colonisation or seeking refuge; perhaps both.'(Introduction)

Plague Tale Sails Close to Reality Bec Kavanagh , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 17 August 2019; (p. 25)

— Review of The Trespassers Meg Mundell , 2019 single work novel

'Meg Mundell’s The Trespassers is a clever, complex and ambitious novel that could be about colonisation or seeking refuge; perhaps both.'(Introduction)

Echoes Amy Baillieu , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 416 2019; (p. 39)

— Review of The Trespassers Meg Mundell , 2019 single work novel

'As the ship carrying nine-year-old Cleary Sullivan and his mother, Cate, sets sail from Liverpool, there is a ‘flurry’ among the passengers. A ‘violent slash of red; tall as a house and shining wet’ has appeared on the dock, visible only to those onboard. Cleary’s mind fills with images of ‘some diabolical creature of the deep, blood erupting from its mouth’. The reality is more prosaic – some spilt paint – but it is an ominous beginning.' (Introduction)

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