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For the Term of His Natural Life Paperback – 1 Oct 1996
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About the Author
Marcus Clarke was born in London in 1846. As a result of the sudden death of his father he emigrated to Australia in 1863. He wrote for the Melbourne press and from 1868 to 1869 his first novel, LONG ODDS was serialised. He wrote plays, several of which were published, as well as collections of his stories and historical articles. He died in 1881. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top customer reviews
Somewhat long-winded, this book is given interest by the detail which the author goes into about life on the convict ship and on the Australian prison island. This is too detailed for mere imagination and implies some very extensive research or personal experience. I'd say this is a 'man book'
Excellent book, very informative about the early settlers and their lives in the South of Tasmania.
The theme of the book is of the many thousands of convicts sent out from the U.K. to settle and work this new land and territory and in particular of one innocent man's story who found himself in this situation which he could not escape from. The mistreatment of these men, women and children and the lack of understanding and non-existance of human needs and human rights at that time.
Update Oct 2014 - the kindle version I downloaded does not appear to be available anymore and the currently available free kindle versions have really bad reviews. My copy is good. If you are thinking of purchasing but are concerned about the formatting, do persevere and find a good e- version, even if it means paying a few quid. There is more than one version available and I personally, think it's such a great read, it worth paying for and should be much more widely read. Sort it out Amazon.