The Map of William

Michael Thomas

Western Australia, 1909. Fifteen-year-old William Watson sets off from Fremantle on the steamer SS Doreen May as his father’s wide-eyed assistant on a north-west edition.

‘If a young Charles Dickens had been thrust into the Outback, he could not have told a more compelling story.’

- Norman Jorgensen

‘The Map of William should be a necessary read for all. Despite the story’s sometimes brutal truths, it is also very revealing in its retelling of a time that too many of us choose to ignore.’

- Good Reading Magazine

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Historical adventure

Michael Thomas

Michael Thomas was born and raised in Carnarvon, Western Australia, and spent his formative years travelling across the vast Gascoyne–Pilbara region with his father, who was a shearer. After graduating from university, he returned to teach in the Gascoyne–Murchison before eventually settling in Perth. He retired in 2021 to write his memoirs but gave up when fact and fiction became entangled. The Map of William is his first novel.

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