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4.0 out of 5 stars Hannah a true survivor
A remarkable account of the life of Hannah Stanley/Clarke.

How anyone, especially a woman, born in the eighteenth century, can survive imprisonment and then transportation to Australia, with all the dangers that the new colony imposed, is a remarkable achievement.

This though, is what the real Hannah managed to do.

Raymond W Clarke has...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hannah by Raymond Clarke
I should have 'looked inside' at the preview of this book. Maybe this is an interesting tale but the writing lets the book down. I was disappointed by sentence construction, characterisation and anachronistic speech. The England described by the author in the first chapter did not ring true to me and I was not sufficiently convinced to read on.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hannah a true survivor, 28 Nov 2012
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A remarkable account of the life of Hannah Stanley/Clarke.

How anyone, especially a woman, born in the eighteenth century, can survive imprisonment and then transportation to Australia, with all the dangers that the new colony imposed, is a remarkable achievement.

This though, is what the real Hannah managed to do.

Raymond W Clarke has written this fictionalised account of his great, great grandmother, based on a number of known facts.

The real Hannah must have had an incredibly harsh life at times. Yes, she was a (n alleged) thief, but we do not know the minutiae surrounding the offence and so we must not judge her. She was judged in 1809 and harshly, in a way that may have been expedient at the time but nevertheless harsh.

A six-month voyage on the prison ship Canada followed initial imprisonment in England. Then followed the challenge of survival every day for herself and everyone around her.

Clarke gives us a novel detailing the most important events in the life of Hannah Stanley/Clarke. "Hannah" is a very engaging story.

There are some interesting facts given towards the end of the novel, and "Hannah" is concluded after these facts are given in a way that I found very moving.

I will mention (somewhat reluctantly) some criticism of (some of the prose). Words and fraises were used that were not in use in the early eighteen hundreds, but maybe that is just me being pedantic.

That being said, this is a remarkable story of a remarkable woman and a remarkable survivor.

A thoroughly enjoyable short novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 28 April 2014
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It's one of those books you can't put down. I enjoyed every part of this book, and felt part of Hannah's life. She was a very courageous woman, as we're all women of that era.
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5.0 out of 5 stars interesting book Australia .s first family, 10 Jan 2014
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Fantastic reading life at the begining of a new country Australia Hannah and Daniels family and there life's until death
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hannah by Raymond Clarke, 24 Aug 2012
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I should have 'looked inside' at the preview of this book. Maybe this is an interesting tale but the writing lets the book down. I was disappointed by sentence construction, characterisation and anachronistic speech. The England described by the author in the first chapter did not ring true to me and I was not sufficiently convinced to read on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars hannah, 7 Mar 2012
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loved this story about a convict woman called hannah it is full of action and endurance would recommend this to everyone
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