The Expedition by Clayton Bailey
Finalist for McAuslan First Book Prize in 2004
“The Expedition has a familiar theme – a dangerous journey that results in personal discovery – but there is certainly no lack of originality. For one thing, the inner discoveries are about gender and creativity, unconventional themes for an adventure story set in 1858. The main character, Joanna Reid, is a 24-year-old photographer raised in genteel circumstances. Stifled by the limited role of women in her society, she moves to a wild frontier town in a burgeoning nation, presumably Canada (no place names are used). She takes a further walk on the wild side by disguising herself as a man in order to become the town photographer.” – WIlliam Brown
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