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The Convict's Daughter
The Convict's Daughter

The Convict's Daughter

The Scandal that Shocked a Colony

BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY

288 Pages, 6 x 9.5

Formats: EPUB

EPUB, $12.99 (US $12.99) (CA $14.99)

Publication Date: November 2016

ISBN 9781952533907

Rights: US, CA, CN, KR & TW

Allen & Unwin (Nov 2016)

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Overview

A compelling and fast-paced biography of an Australian currency lass, born in Sydney when convicts were still working the streets, whose attempts to elope in 1848 became the focus of a national scandal

One wet autumn evening in 1848, 15-year-old Mary Ann Gill stole out of a bedroom window in her father's Sydney hotel and took a coach to a local racecourse. There she was to elope with James Butler Kinchela, wayward son of the former Attorney-General. Her enraged father pursued them on horseback and fired two pistols at his daughter's suitor, narrowly avoiding killing him. What followed was Australia's most scandalous abduction trial of the era, as well as an extraordinary story of adventure and misadventure, both in Australia and abroad. Through humiliation, heartache, bankruptcy, and betrayal, Mary Ann hung on to James' promise to marry her. This is a compelling biography of a currency lass born when convicts were still working the streets of Sydney. Starting with just a newspaper clipping, historian Kiera Lindsey has uncovered the world of her feisty great, great, great aunt, who lived and loved during a period of dramatic social and political change.

Reviews

"A wonderfully vivid and pacey tale of passion, scandal and big ideas." —Michael Cathcart, presenter of ABC Radio National's Books & Arts

Author Biography

Kiera Lindsey has worked in the Australian film and television industries and hosted her own program on ABC Radio. She was winner of the inaugural Greg Denning History Prize 2009.