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There first convict era novel I've read set in Western Australia! And also the first I've read to focus solely on the transport of young boys, which is an area of interest for me. Despite the unique perspective of this novel and wanting to like it, the writing of the piece was so unusual it affected my enjoyment, especially its stilted dialogue. I trust this book sticks very closely to history, so I appreciated learning more about this part of Australian history.
A simple but touching account of the trial and eventual execution of a 15-year-old once convicted of theft, but subsequently of murder, as seen through the eyes of his state-appointed guardian John Schoales. The author depicts the early Western Australian colonial setting effectively in his retelling of an unfortunate story, and the depth of character which he has added to what is known of the people involved lends an intimate viewpoint for the reader to understand the events.
This was a very interesting book, it told the tale of a juvenile hanging in the colony of Western Australia. It was a story that I hadn't heard before. It was fascinating to be able to follow the characters up streets that I know and landmarks that still exist in both Perth and Fremantle.