Date of publication April 2019
Reviewer Megan Stuart
Alan Tucker’s favourite genre of realistic fiction is a wonderful way to explore history and enjoy a good read at the same time. Other topics he has covered are Cyclone Tracy, Gallipoli and Kokoda. This new one “Rebellion at Eureka” is set in 1854 at Ballarat where the central fictitious character, Alf, meets Peter Lalor and other real life characters. The story is not simply about the rebellion but also about Alf and his own personal fight for independence. It looks at the themes of friendship, trust and hardship but it also paints a clear and uncompromising picture of why the miners felt justified in rebelling. It takes us to the goldfields.