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The Resource The last convict, Anthony Hill

The last convict, Anthony Hill

Label
The last convict
Title
The last convict
Statement of responsibility
Anthony Hill
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Oxford 1863. Young Samuel Speed sets a barley stack alight in the hope it will earn him a bed in prison for the night. He wants nothing more than a morsel of food in his belly and a warm place to sleep off the streets. What he receives is a sentence of seven years' servitude, to be served half a world away in the penal colony of Fremantle, Western Australia. When Samuel boards the transport ship Belgravia, he is stripped of his clothing and even his name, and given regulations of when to rise, eat, clean and sleep. On arrival at Fremantle Prison, hard labour is added to the mix and he wonders if life can get any worse. The only solace he finds is a love of reading, which allows the likes of Tom Sawyer and Oliver Twist to become his lifelong friends. Samuel is granted a ticket of leave in 1867 and full freedom in 1871, but what sort of life can a man forge for himself in the colony, with no skills, no money and no family? Will it be the beginning of the life he has always dreamed of, or do some sentences truly never end? A colourful recreation of the life and times of the last known convict to be sent to Australia, The Last Convict is a moving study of old age and loneliness, as one social outcast finds meaning in his impoverished life through the power of literature. Meticulously researched and brilliantly woven into an engaging fictional account, it is an unforgettable story by an award-winning writer and historian
Cataloging source
NJB
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1942-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hill, Anthony
Dewey number
A823.4
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Prisoners
  • Australia
  • Australian fiction
Target audience
adult
Label
The last convict, Anthony Hill
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references: pages [349]-353
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
23913852
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
353 pages
Isbn
9781760894467
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Label
The last convict, Anthony Hill
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references: pages [349]-353
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
23913852
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
353 pages
Isbn
9781760894467
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n

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