"While this reads like a memoir, a faint suspicion lingers that it could be fiction, like the author's previous work (The Illusionist, 2000, etc.). Either way, it provides a revelatory view of a life few women know much about."
"Historical writing of the first rank, graphic and of real presence. "
Rees debuts with a cracking tale drawn from an unedifying episode in her native England's history: the "Transportation to Parts Beyond the Seas" of hundreds of British women, shipped on the Lady Julian in 1789 to penal life in Australia.
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