The Map of William
Western Australia, 1909. William Watson’s beloved father is set on an expedition to the north-west to map water sources in the Pilbara. Invited along, fifteen-year-old William embarks on the outback journey of a lifetime. At sea and on land, William will forge lasting friendships with his fellow travellers, and transform his relationship with his father as together they face the darkness in some men’s hearts – including the cruel and vengeful Sergeant Jardine.
This is a classic rite-of-passage novel that follows one young man on his journey of growth and self-discovery.
PRAISE FOR THE BOOK
‘If a young Charles Dickens had been thrust into the Outback, he could not have told a more compelling story.’ Norman Jorgensen
‘Set in 1909, The Map of William is a gripping and adventurous tale that Michael says literally poured out of him.’ Australian Rural & Regional News
‘This is a fascinating coming-of-age story about a contemplative boy the reader will easily fall in love with. The Map of William is well written and the character development is excellent. As a debut novel, I would rate it an absolute triumph by Michael Thomas. Highly recommended for readers who enjoy historical fiction.’ @melhobbs_bookworm_reviews
‘The Map of William should be a necessary read for all. Despite the story’s sometimes brutal truths, it is also very revealing in its retelling of a time that too many of us choose to ignore.’ Elora, Early Bird Reader, Good Reading Magazine
‘This is a truly Australian book that I found hard to put down. If you like fiction that has history woven through it, then I highly recommend it.’ Theresa, Early Bird Reader, Good Reading Magazine
‘An outstanding book that will give great pleasure to every reader. This superb novel is inspired by the author’s life.’ KidsBookReview