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The Last Convict

by Anthony Hill

PUBLISHED: 2nd February 2021
ISBN: 9780655671763
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PUBLISHED: 2nd February 2021
ISBN: 9780655671763

Publisher Description

'It's a good story, Samuel. You're a piece of living history.'

Oxford 1863: Young Samuel Speed sets a barley stack alight in the hope it will earn him a bed in prison for the night. He wants nothing more than a morsel of food in his belly and a warm place to sleep off the streets. What he receives is a sentence of seven years' servitude, to be served half a world away in the penal colony of Fremantle, Western Australia.

When Samuel boards the transport ship Belgravia, he is stripped of his clothing and even his name, and given regulations of when to rise, eat, clean and sleep. On arrival at Fremantle Prison, hard labour is added to the mix and he wonders if life can get any worse. The only solace he finds is a love of reading, which allows the likes of Tom Sawyer and Oliver Twist to become his lifelong friends.

Samuel is granted a ticket of leave in 1867 and full freedom in 1871, but what sort of life can a man forge for himself in the colony, with no skills, no money and no family? Will it be the beginning of the life he has always dreamed of, or do some sentences truly never end?

Product Details

Author
Anthony Hill
Publisher
Bolinda Publishing
ISBN-10
0655671765
ISBN-13
9780655671763
Format
Compact Disc
Country of Publication
Australia
Language
English
Audience
General/Trade
Playing time
570
Year
2021
Publication Date
2021-02-02
AU Release Date
2021-02-02
NZ Release Date
2021-02-02