This is the story of the 237 women convicts on board "The Lady Julian", which set sail for Botany Bay, Australia, in July 1789. It tells of their voyage and their life in 18th-century Australia. Resources include trial records and the hand-written account of John Nicol, the ship's steward.
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'Rees's meticulous research pays huge dividends...The account will be of interest to those who enjoy a rich vein of social and colonial history...Others will just enjoy the tale of bravery and human resilience' (Bookseller )
'a vivid, visceral and riveting account... Siân Rees wears her learning lightly and there is not a dull moment in what is, paradoxically, a wonderfully earthy read' (Guardian )
'Rees has produced a book which is simultaneously shocking and utterly engrossing....This wonderfully vivid book, beautifully written and all the more enthralling for being historically accurate, will stay in my mind for many months' (Daily Mail )
'They (girls on the Lady Julian) are luckier still to have their story told so tautly by Rees, whose first book is a miracle of compressed intelligence'. (Times )
'an exciting, tightly focused story' (Mail on Sunday )
'Sian Rees paints a vivid picture...For a first-time author this book is quite an achievement, and it is to be highly recommended for its freshness and vigour' (Literary Review )
'a grittily fascinating piece of social history' (Big Issue )
'Rees gives a voice to a group of illiterate, all-but-anonymous women who left no other record of themselves, and whose resilience and warmth in turn enrich a book that brings the ship herself to life as vividly as her human cargo' (Daily Telegraph )
'entertaining, exhaustively researched' (Sunday Times )
Siân Rees comes from a family of boatbuilders and is passionate about the sea. She has a degree in history from Oxford University and first became interested in the transportation of female convicts to Australia when she was living there. This is her first book.
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Descrizione libro Headline Book Publishing, London, 2001. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Condizione sovraccoperta: New. New in new dust jacket. 256 p. Audience: General/trade; College/higher education. Codice libro della libreria 686158
Descrizione libro Headline. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Brand New. In Stock. Codice libro della libreria zk0747272867