Secondhand. Fair condition. Ex library copy with significant wear to book corners and edges. No external stickers. Bend to front cover. Multiple marks on inside front cover and half-title page. Book has been cleaned and binding is still very good.
Allen Mawer takes us back to Australia's colonial past to vividly describe what life was really like on a convict transport ship and conducts an investigation into a train of disasters that, were they to occur today, would at least be worth a royal commission and might put paid to a political career or two.
This lively account of the convict trade in the 1830s and the shipwrecks that plunged it into crisis is the first full-scale account of the experiences of the convicts (both men and women), the guards and crew, the civil servants who ran the system and the businessmen who profited from it.