New Novel Charts Survival Story in Blackbirding Era

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Althea Foster debuts with fascinating historical fiction.

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The luring of Pacific Islanders to work as slaves is a very thought-provoking topic.

Althea Foster has recently released a historical novel that recreates the volatile atmosphere of Australia’s Blackbirding Era. A brilliantly orchestrated tale of survival against seemingly impossible odds, “Nothing Lasts Forever” (published by Xlibris AU) follows a young slave boy on a quest to reclaim the freedom and future that he lost.

Australia in the late 19th century was in the grip of blackbirding, the abduction of people for slave work. It was a time of unprecedented progress but also of unimaginable peril especially for the people sold into slavery. At the center of it all is Mel Milo, the son of a Samoan King, whose life of privilege takes a tragic turn when he is taken aboard a slave ship bound for Australia. In the strange, unfamiliar land, the young boy struggles to preserve his identity, survive unimaginable turmoil and, ultimately, reclaim the freedom that was stripped away from him.

First time author Foster has been writing for many years and enjoys weaving the culture and history of her home country into her stories. She hopes “Nothing Lasts Forever” will draw more attention into little known events and topics in Australian history.

“Australia has a very interesting past,” the debut author says. “The luring of Pacific Islanders to work as slaves is a very thought-provoking topic.”

“Nothing Lasts Forever”
By Althea Foster
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 128 pages | ISBN 9781514446652
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 128 pages | ISBN 9781514446645
E-Book | 128 pages | ISBN 9781514446638
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Althea Foster has been writing short stories and novels for her friends who eventually encouraged her to publish a book. Well traveled in Australia, she likes writing about her home country. She is a member of the Helensvale Writers Group and the Queensland Writers Centre. Foster resides in Gold Coast.

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