What an interesting compelling read this one is. This book tells the journey if the over crowded and worn out boat, the Derna which travelled from France to Australia in 1948. Aboard were 545 passengers, mostly survivors from the war seeking a new life in Australia or New Zealand.
The author was just a young girl who was with her family on board and she tells the amazing stories of many of the passengers. It still shocks me to hear what these poor people endured in concentration camps, in gulags, hidden in convents, holes in the ground or hidden in attics.
Interesting to hear too, about their lives in Australia and New Zealand and how hard they worked. This us one of those books that I will think about for a long time. 5/5