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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating historical account that's difficult to put down!, 26 Nov 2005
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This review is from: Bound for Botany Bay: British Convict Voyages to Australia (Hardcover)
An absolutely riveting and enlightening account that offers a fascinating insight into the plight of those bound for Botany Bay. One of the strengths of this book is the way we’re offered accounts from a variety of perspectives: letters from the families of convicts, official records & court reports, journals of ships’ surgeons, and diaries of the convicts themselves, among others. There are some heart-rending stories (particularly those involving young offenders separated from their families), but also those with a happy ending, as convicts who had served their time but had little hope of returning to a decent life in their own country were able to start afresh in a land of opportunity. As well as being meticulously researched and therefore offering a wealth of intriguing fact, this account offers a narrative that’s as compelling as any historical novel. It’s also lavishly illustrated throughout, making it an ideal gift.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent account of convict transportation, 11 Oct 2005
This review is from: Bound for Botany Bay: British Convict Voyages to Australia (Hardcover)
An emotive account of the lives of those convicted and transported to Botany Bay in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Using evidence from previously unused sources, this work utilises first hand accounts of life on board the convict ships and in doing so, portrays a penal system that evokes feelings of compassion and empathy with the unfortunate convicts, evidence that would run counter to the idea of a brutal legal system. A first rate account of an interesting period of history that is bound to raise emotions both here, and in Australia.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating account which challenges preconceptions, 27 Nov 2005
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This review is from: Bound for Botany Bay: British Convict Voyages to Australia (Hardcover)
This is an excellent read. By concentrating on the physical and emotional consequencies for all affected by the transportation of British convicts (not just on the convicts themselves) the authors provide far greater depths of understanding than is usual in such studies. The records held at the National Archives have been thoroughly researched and we are given a sample of what is to be found there concerning those often missing from histories. The book is very well written and beautifully presented, with wonderful illustrations.
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Bound for Botany Bay: British Convict Voyages to Australia by David Brandon (Hardcover - 30 Sep 2005)
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