Journals Higher Education



01 July 2011

440 Pages | b/w photo insert

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199782550

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A Merciless Place

The Fate of Britain's Convicts after the American Revolution

Emma Christopher

  • About as lively as nonfiction can get; the author's depictions of place-that of London's fleshpots and streets, for example, is straight out of Moll Flanders-are completely riveting.
  • Fresh topic. Nothing has been written between the time-period between when the American colonies were the destination for British convicts and Australia (cf. Robert Hughes' in FATAL SHORE). There's a gap, which this fills.
  • This is the kind of book someone like Marcus Rediker (THE SLAVE SHIP) would write, and about it he said: