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This review is from: Scapegallows (Paperback)
Scapegallows is based on the true life of Margaret Catchpole, a Suffolk woman of immense character and determination, who twice escaped the gallows in the 18th century.
The tale begins towards the end of Margaret's (known as Pegs) life in Australia with a heart stopping first chapter.
The plot then moves back to her early life (she was born in 1762) in Sussex and chronicles her family life and love and steadfast devotion for the smuggler Will Laud, a reprobate, who brings her into contact with evil disreputable and dangerous men. To relate any more of the story would spoil the anticipation of what happens to Margaret.
Carol Birch's depiction of the filth, dirt, seediness and bustle of the 18th century are incredibly skilful. I was there!! I enjoyed every minute of this book - Carol Birch is an extremely a accomplished writer who holds the reader's attention unfailingly. Highly recommended.