Cooma library hosts book launch

Babette Smith launching her book at the Cooma Library last week.

Babette Smith launching her book at the Cooma Library last week.

COOMA Library has been a hive of activity the last few months with a number of book launches taking place, much to the delight of local book lovers.

Acclaimed author and historian, Babette Smith, presented her new book, The Luck of the Irish, to more than 40 people on Friday, August 29.

Renowned for her studies into convict history, Smith's book tells the story of a shipwreck south of Jervis Bay, NSW, in 1835, where convict transporter the Hive ran aground carrying 250 Irish prisoners.

The ship came to rest at a location now known as "Wreck Bay", where all onboard survived, safely making it to shore.

Smith explores the lives of those on board the Hive and uses the wreck to explore the social history of Irish prisoners in 19th Century NSW.

It was the third major book launch at Cooma Library this year where local authors, Rowena Evans and Dr Robert Wiles, unveiled their books.

Smith presented a slideshow to the audience before taking people through the process of writing The Luck of the Irish.

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