'Armstrong weaves in these individual tales with great skill. They
flow in and out of the narrative in rhythm with the ships
slow movement from the old world to the new.'
'Armstrongs triumph in this history is to avoid judgment
she allows readers to enter into the mindset
of the refugees, to empathise with them'
'The characters become familiar and absorbing
AUSTRALIAN BOOK REVIEW
'She is a natural sleuth
her writing is clear, incisive,
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
'[Diane Armstrong] has turned out an absorbing and very human work,
laced with drama, love, hatreds and problems with almost Marx Brothers
or Monty Python humour.
A rewarding read.'
AUSTRALIAN JEWISH NEWS
'A valuable contribution to the literature of multicultural Australia'
'meticulously researched and inspired insight into Australian history'
'A very moving account ... her eye for detail brings these refugees
THE AUSTRALIAN WAY
'While it is a good read, The Voyage of Their Life is also
an important historical document in that it gives humanity and dignity
to the stories of dispossessed people arriving in post-war Australia.'
'Amazing story of survival at sea and life after World War II in
Armstrong's story is a remarkable tale of courage,
persistence, and finding hope at a time when it appeared that there
was none to hold onto.'
'Using her nose for journalism and dogged detective work, Diane
has pieced together a rich tapestry of lives'
'Diane Armstrongs study of the Derna is an important contribution
to postwar Australian history. Her careful research combined with
her excellent writing skills make this book essential reading for
anyone interested in the development of Australian society.'
Dr Suzanne Rutland, AUSTRALIAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY JOURNAL
Awards and Nominations:
The Voyage of their Life was shortlisted in the NSW Premier's
Community Relations Commission Award.
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