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Título: Scapegallows-SIGNED, LOCATED & DATED FIRST ...
Editorial: Virago, London
Año de publicación: 2007
Condición del libro: Fine
Condición de la sobrecubierta: Near Fine
Ejemplar firmado: Signed by Author
Edición: First Edition.
Fine first printing in near fine dustwrapper. The book is square, tight and clean. The dustwrapper is complete, unclipped and with just minimal shelfwear evident. An unread copy. Signed, located and dated by the author to the title page: 'Carol Birch Cheltenham 15/10/11'. Scarce as a signed first edition. As a keen collector myself I make every effort to provide a high level of service. Enquiries welcomed. N° de ref. de la librería 005201
New South Wales, 1817. Margaret Catchpole is stranded at a settler's homestead as the floodwater draws in, and she finds herself facing death - as she has several times before.
She looks back over her life - the complex and stormy partnership with Will Laud, a 'hell-born-babe', that led her into the world of smuggling and in to a double life. After Will is forced to flee the country, Margaret is taken on as a nursemaid by the wealthy Cobbold family, but a crime against them means she is tried and sentenced to hang. She avoids death but when an elaborate gaol escape fails, Will is shot dead and Margaret captured. Sentenced once more to hang, she looks death full in the face. But she doesn't die. Her sentence is transmuted to transportation for life to Australia.
The novel explores a deeply divided society. Ironically, by reaching the lowest depths and being cast out by the society which spawned her, Margaret finds her true role as an independent pioneer in a young colony.
** 'Birch deftly tells a story spanning several decades, with an intensity that is . . . lyrical . . . . and evokes the period without compromising her complex diachronic concerns ( TLS ** '[Birch has] a first class voice . . . An exciting and evocative fictional version of the life of Margaret Catchpole . . . The novel is a triumph of texture and historical detail')
SUNDAY TIMES ( ** 'Birch deftly tells a story spanning several decades, with an intensity that is . . . lyrical . . . . and evokes the period without compromising her complex diachronic concerns')
TLS ( ** 'A rich portrait of a shadowy world of 18th century sailors and smugglers, full of characters both charming and fatally flawed. Fans of Margaret Atwood's ALIAS GRACE will enjoy this engaging and compassionate tale')
PSYCHOLOGIES ( ** 'Birch is a naturally literary writer who can, with a simple image, evoke the deepest emotion')
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