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Publisher's Summary

"This town is full of tiger men," Dan said. "Just look around you. The merchants, the builders, the bankers, the company men, they're all out for what they can get. This is a tiger town, Mick, a place at the bottom of the world where God turns a blind eye to pillage and plunder."

Van Diemen's Land was an island of stark contrasts; a harsh penal colony, an English idyll for its landed gentry, and an island so rich in natural resources it was a profiteer's paradise. Its capital Hobart Town had its contrasts too; the wealthy elite in their sandstone mansions, the exploited poor in the notorious slum known as Wapping, and the criminals and villains who haunted the dockside taverns and brothels of Sullivan's Cove. Hobart Town was no place for the meek.

Tiger Men is the story of Silas Stanford, a wealthy Englishman; Mick O'Callaghan an Irishman on the run; and Jefferson Powell, an idealistic American political prisoner. It is also the story of the strong, proud women who loved them, and of the children they bore who rose to power in the cut-throat world of international trade. Tiger Men is the sweeping tale of three families who lived through Tasmania's golden era and witnessed the birth of the Commonwealth of Australia, only to watch its young men consumed by the fires and horror of the First World War.

©2011 Judy Nunn (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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  • Ann
  • Brunswick, Australia
  • 08-13-12

A Fantastic Listen

I really enjoyed this book. It spanned over 3-4 generations and it held my interest every inch of the way. Highly recommended.

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  • Dirk
  • Steiglitz, Australia
  • 03-15-12

Very Enjoyable

If you could sum up Tiger Men in three words, what would they be?

Very interesting to hear about the olden days and what happened all that time ago.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mick O'Callahan

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  • Mark
  • 06-02-18

Can never fault a Judy Nunn Book!

Great book. Very well written. But be prepared for timelines to jump quickly. Though the story and narration by Richard Aspel is so good you don't mind. 2 thumbs up for a great listen! Thanks Judy and Richard 👍👍

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  • Janet Syme
  • 04-13-18

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If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Anyone who hasn't read any other historical stories about Tasmania

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

No suggestions

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Richard Aspel's voice did not make this book as enjoyable as it may have been with another narrator. For me his voice was 'grating' and his attempts at different accents were very disappointing. I would like to swap this book for another as it is not one I would enjoy reading again.

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  • pamela
  • 09-02-15

Yet another great read. Read beautifully

Sometimes I only wanted to listen while driving but had to take it with me and contine listening for another hour or so 😊