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Feisty heroine - piracy and misadventure,
This review is from: Scapegallows (Hardcover)
I really enjoyed this fact based fictional account of the life of a woman called Margaret Catchpole who works as a maid and has a boyfriend who is a smuggler, events conspire to eventually get her transported to Australia after narrowly escaping being hanged for her foolhardiness rather than criminality. She's quite a feckless heroine and quite a flawed character with a temper and poor decision making skills but this makes her all the more real.
The books begins in Australia where she has obviously been living for some time and the main story is her reminiscences of her youth back in England and how she came to fall off the straight and narrow to be transported.
Although I'd have greatly liked to have read much more about how she settled once in Australia rather than the sketchy account of that yet an in depth background, I found it very readable and enjoyable and it reminded me somewhat of Slammerkin and Remember Me and having recently read and enjoyed Jamrach's Menagerie I think this would appeal to anyone who has enjoyed any of these titles.
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Initial post: 16 Feb 2012 17:06:30 GMT
Last edited by the author on 16 Feb 2012 17:08:51 GMT
Like you, although I enjoyed reading about Margaret's life in Suffolk, I was expecting more about her transportation to Australia and subsequent life there as a convict.
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