The Cornish Captains of Industry provides an in-depth look at very specific portions of history and individuals of importance within them. A book of this calibre with its fresh approach to past Victorian events will excite history enthusiasts and those interested in the progression of industry. In particular, the story relates the journeys of individuals of Cornish families and their contribution to pioneering Brisbane journalism.                    

REVIEW by renown authors and artist Dick & Frances Onians

        " Carmel Joyce has done a most impressive amount of historical and  

         biographical research with her latest novel “The Cornish Captains of Industry”.

         We were very moved by the real stories of these people’s lives, which

         contributed to a very significant part of both Cornish and

Queensland history."

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                         Editor Linda Daniels


What can the editor say never ceases to amaze that the author can put so much information into so few pages.  Cross-referencing with her book on the Raj (Raj, The Making and Unmaking of British India by Lawrence James) found that book to be 722 pages. The author has managed to put a whole family’s history into just 140. This type of writing never loses the reader as it provides a picture of the family without rhetoric and boring para-phrasing. It doesn’t have the ‘Gensis factor’ of boringly listing who begat who, rather a wonderful one page family tree that says it all.  The editor would love to think that the author will never tire of providing the public with these wonderful insights into life which has passed us by many moons ago.  Many thanks once again.The editor

did enjoy the book and appreciated all the research the author has conducted to

make this into a very interesting read.



                                  Famous Swedish Historian Kerstin Jonmyren read more.......


Carmel Joyce has done a thorough and vigorous research in the records and she has given these two Swedish individuals both flesh and blood in her book The Bosuns' Quests for Fairer Skies. There she lets us all follow both Henry and Pernilla through life. Henry’s life turned out to be a success story in the end, his mother Pernilla’s was the opposite.

That's the story of one man and his mother. However, there are many more people to follow in Carmel’s book, individuals with provoking and interesting life stories. Behind every name in the historical but sparingly detailed records there is a life story and a life journey waiting to be told.

I warmly recommend The Bosuns' Quests for Fairer Skies.  

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