K: Kin: A Real Person’s History Of Our Nation by Nick Brodie #atozchallenge #throwbackthursday

The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge  is for bloggers who wish to participate by publishing a blog post every day in April except for Sundays. Each blog post will focus on a letter of the alphabet. For example April 1 will be A, April 2 will be B and on it goes. By the end of April, a blog post for every letter of the alphabet will have been posted. My theme for 2023 is Book Reviews.

You can read my reviews without worrying about spoilers. My reviews are quite brief and I give away nothing more than you would read on the back cover or on Goodreads.

Many book bloggers re-post a book review that they have written in the past, under the #throwbackthursday hashtag. I will be joining them in this each Thursday.

The following book review was first published here in April 2020. This is a book that I enjoyed, and I feel warrants highlighting again.




From convicts, goldminers and sailors, to high country horsemen, nurses and soldiers – and almost everyone in between – KIN is about generations of real people living real lives. Join historian and archaeologist, Nick Brodie, as he traces his family back to their first arrivals in Australia. As their lives intersect, KIN provides a unique historical insight into Australia’s past: colonies grow and wars are fought as Nick follows his people and their children across land and sea, in their everyday occupations and through their hardships and most memorable events. Follow Nick’s journey to discover how his kinfolk lived, the bigger story of the history of Australia, as their stories become both his and ours. – blurb

Published 2019
Paperback, 448 pages

My Thoughts

The author uses stories about his own ancestors to create a full and thorough explanation of Australian history. I really enjoyed this book, but as family history and Australian history is my passion, be aware that I could be biased. I loved the ancestry charts included and really enjoyed following the lives of the author’s ancestors. Even though Kin is a very thorough history of Australia and of his own ancestors, it is very easy to follow.

Kin is based on very thorough research, both ancestral and historical. My only criticism would be that I’d have liked to have seen a list of sources at the back of the book. But this is addressed by the author at the end, where he gives his reasons for not including them.

Key to Star Rating

Please note that my star rating system isn’t at all based on literary merit, but is based on my enjoyment for the book.
For me a book that gets five stars, is a book that I really enjoyed, and found difficult to put down.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Unputdownable. Would definitely read again
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Fantastic read. Not to be missed.
⭐️⭐️⭐️Enjoyable read. Would recommend.
⭐️⭐️Wouldn’t read again
⭐️Don’t recommend this book again

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11 thoughts on “K: Kin: A Real Person’s History Of Our Nation by Nick Brodie #atozchallenge #throwbackthursday

  1. It’s also on my bookshelf and I haven’t read it, perhaps it was the tiny font that put me off. Maybe it’s time to dust it off and read it.


  2. Yes give it a go Jill. I’m not good with small font these days either. Recently kindle has become my preference due to easier reading. However I do prefer paper books


  3. I have Brodie’s book on the Vandemonian War – a depressing read .

    There was another historian who also did his family history and told an Australian history at the same time: I think the book I am thinking of is by Graeme Davison: Lost Relations: Fortunes of My Family in Australia’s Golden Age – I cannot see it on my shelves – maybe I borrowed it from the library.


  4. Stopping in from A to Z challenge. I know very little about Australian history, but the book sounds fascinating. I like how at the end of the review you stated something you didn’t like about the book even though the author explained why he made different choices. Just because an author explains why he or she did something it doesn’t mean that we have to like it.

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