Affection: There is no cure

Affection There is no cure January and Australia s tropical north just got a little hotter An outbreak of plague is suspected and the Queensland Government sends Dr Alfred Jefferis Turner small refined and immaculately

  • Title: Affection: There is no cure
  • Author: Ian Townsend
  • ISBN: 9780732280550
  • Page: 119
  • Format: Paperback
  • January 1900, and Australia s tropical north just got a little hotter.An outbreak of plague is suspected, and the Queensland Government sends Dr Alfred Jefferis Turner small, refined and immaculately dressed to assess the situation Turner, armed with a microscope, a butterfly net and his lovelorn yet devout colleague, Dr Linford Row, is met with incredulity, not leastJanuary 1900, and Australia s tropical north just got a little hotter.An outbreak of plague is suspected, and the Queensland Government sends Dr Alfred Jefferis Turner small, refined and immaculately dressed to assess the situation Turner, armed with a microscope, a butterfly net and his lovelorn yet devout colleague, Dr Linford Row, is met with incredulity, not least by local councillors who insist it s only typhoid Fifty two possible plague carriers including two prominent MPs are isolated in a dilapidated quarantine station on Magnetic Island Meanwhile, in town, the sewers overflow, the streets choke with rubbish and still no one wants to listen When Dr Row delivers a letter from one of the quarantined men to his hauntingly beautiful wife, he ensnares both himself and the eccentric Dr Turner in a hotbed of small town scandal and fear.Written with wit and wonder, Affection uncovers a unique period in Australian history A novel based on a true story of shonky politics, courageous medicos, and humidity, it s also a mystery of heart and mind.

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    1. 3 1/2 stars. Loved this being set in North Queensland and knowing the setting, imagining it in 1900. And getting to learn some history of the area that I had never heard of before. The writing is high quality, with subtle sarcasm woven throughout. The author has done a great job of using language appropriate to the period. It made for great discussion at our book club!

    2. What a great book. I was fairly new to Townsville when I first read this - it really helped me feel a connection with the history - or at least a small part of the history of this great place.

    3. Unlike a lot of historical fiction (Geraldine Brooks' titles come to mind) this book feels authentic. The characters talk, think and act in a way which feels appropriate to the times. Too often other books I've read set in other eras will include some modern way of speaking, thinking or acting which ruins the plot for me. This book seems well researched and is an interesting story about the outbreak of plague at the turn of last century in north Queensland and how public health authorities repre [...]

    4. This is a wonderful read about the Bubonic Plague outbreak set in Townsville in the late 1890s. I was aware of the Plague outbreak in Sydney in the Rocks area - notorious for its poor hygiene - but not that in other parts of Australia.The style is easy & enjoyable read and I quickly flew through it. It was one of those lovely "lounging on the couch" reads. The science is well researched and even the entomology is well done (I am a harsh critic on natural history themes).My only concern is - [...]

    5. I started to read this thinking it was a fiction based on a reality: the way that steam transport spread plague around the Pacific Rim at the very end of the 19th century and into the 20th century.It was only when I got to the end that I realised that these were real people, albeit fictionalised. Dawson, the somewhat thuggish politician was in fact the leader of the world's first Labor or Labour government, and was later a Queensland senator and minister for defence in the first federal labor go [...]

    6. I was alerted to this book by Book Bliss and thoroughly enjoyed it. While I was vaguely aware that the plague had come to Queensland I was unaware of the details or the impact. With family history interests in Townsville where much of the book's story takes place, I found the descriptions quite fascinating and has given me food for thought re more research opportunities. Magnetic Island also features and is somewhere I holidayed regularly as a child. Reading the "what happened to them" epilogue, [...]

    7. I have had this book sitting on my bookshelf for some years and have only just got around to reading it. I wish I had read it a lot earlier.Based on historical fact, affection is the story of the plague outbreak in Townsville in 1900 and the setting up of a plague hospital at Pallaranda. The characters were the main people involved in the outbreak and the story has been teased out from reports, letters and sermons. Having lived in Townsville for four years, it was interesting to compare the filt [...]

    8. This was one of those novels I went into blind idea what it was about, never read the author before. I was impressed not only with the depth and emotional tug of the story (doctors dealing with bubonic plague in 1900 Australia) but how good people fought the very men who were intent on keeping them and their families healthy and alive. That this was more or less a true story, fictionalized a bit, gave it even added weight, as did the undeniable parallels with the Ebola virus in today's headlines [...]

    9. I thought “Affection” was an amazing story, and I never knew there had been cases of the Plague, in early Brisbane’s history.Very well written and worth reading.

    10. I could not put this book down! It is a blend of fact and fiction, set in Australia during the 1901 when Townsville was struck by Plague. It is a fascinating read. I found myself searching for more information on the main characters Will recommend this to those who like fiction woven around history.

    11. 3.5 stars Dr.Row, a public health physician in Northern Australia in 1900,is deeply in mourning for his young daughter when the plague comes to Townsville. I found this to be an engagingly readable exploration of how a community's ability to respond to crisis is impacted by individual filters such as grief, ambition, expense, fear and faith.

    12. Historical fiction the way I like it: the rosy film of nostalgia has been removed, and we see the dirt and the clutter and the muck. I thought at times Dr Row's characterisation was a sometimes unconvincing. The author seems to break in with little droll moments, which are jarring from a man who is supposed to be disconnected with grief.

    13. this was an interesting story but I wonder if it would have been less interesting if I wasn't a Townsville resident. Some threads seemed to be left unresolved but as the characters are real people that is to be expected

    14. Great story line and I loved how it was set in Townsville. Would make a great movie. Interesting history involved with the plot motivating me to want to know more about Townsville' s history vand the plague which is not a diease seen here in the first world anymore.

    15. Interesting fictionalised account of the plague outbreak in Townsville, Queensland in 1900. While it took me a little while to get into the story, by about half-way through I was hooked! Would recommend for lovers of fictionalised history, and especially Australian history.

    16. I probably would not have picked up this book to read if it weren't set in my home town. Interesting, but I also felt it had a dream like quality and I felt a bit detached rather than involved in the story. Loved the imagery, dark humour and characterisation of every player, from major to minor.

    17. It's a story about plague in northern Queensland, Australia, in 1900. Despite its topic, I find it such a sweet read and a page-turner. Loved reading about vulnerability and affection, as it's rightly titled.

    18. Based on the true story of a plague outbreak in Townsville in 1900. Very interesting and would make a great miniseries.

    19. Interesting story based on a true event; the plague in Australia in 1900 and the doctors trying to stop the spread while fighting with politicians and citizens in denial.

    20. This grew on me more and more as I read it. It's style is quiet and understated, but the characters are deftly sketched and linger in the memory.

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