Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Rees, Siân "The Floating Brothel"

Rees, Siân "The Floating Brothel: The Extraordinary True Story of an 18th-Century Ship and Its Cargo of Female Convicts" - 2001

This book had been suggested to our book club a couple of years ago, otherwise I probably would  have dismissed it right away. Both the title and the cover didn't sound like a book I would want to read.

It turned out to be very interesting, though. It is the story of women convicts who leave England, well, have to leave England for Australia in the late 1700s. They are supposed to settle in and populate the new colony. The book gives a very good account of the lives of these women before, during and after their voyage to the new country. Great research written almost as a novel, gripping story.

Other stories about convicts sent to Australia: "The Secret River" by Kate Grenville and "For the Term of His Natural Life" by Marcus Clarke.

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