'This town is full of tiger men, ' Dan said. 'Just look around you. The merchants, the builders, the bankers, the company men, they're all out for what they can get.'
Van Diemen's Land was an island of stark contrasts; a harsh penal colony, an English idyll for its landed gentry, and an island so rich in natural resources it was a profiteer's paradise.
Tiger Men is the sweeping tale of three families who lived through Tasmania's golden era and witnessed the birth of the Commonwealth of Australia, only to watch its young men consumed by the fires and horror of the First World War.
Judy Nunn is the author of two adventure novels for children - Eye in the Storm and Eye in the City - and adult fiction The Glitter Game, Centre Stage, Araluen, Kal, Beneath the Southern Cross, Territory, Pacific, Heritage and Floodtide.