The Unforgiving City
'Melodrama ripples into the unfolding saga of Colonial politics in an engaging novel enlivened by a deep knowledge of Australian history.'
- The Sydney Morning Herald
'The book provides a vivid snapshot of life in Sydney in 1899 as it hurtles towards federation and focuses on the social strata of the day...If you love Australian history combined with a gripping saga, The Unforgiving City is an excellent read.'
- The Weekly Times
‘IT WILL SWEEP YOU OFF YOUR FEET
Maggie Joel’s The Unforgiving City is a fantastic look back at the history of Sydney and the stories that are all too believable for that time. It is a grand, sweeping tale that grabs you the moment you open the first page. Each character’s story is completely gripping, interwoven from character to character with perfect ease… Maggie Joel has created a stunning and evocative story that will sweep you off your feet and put you down right in the middle of the dirty streets of turn of the century Sydney.’
– Better Reading
"Maggie Joel's THE SAFEST PLACE IN LONDON is a beautifully written exploration of desperation and hope in a time of war. The novel captures the essence of the era with subtlety and style, while the shifting new world pushes characters to extreme lengths. A remarkable story of family, survival and how one decision can change lives for better or worse."
Jane Harper, best-selling author of THE DRY