By Carol Baxter
In 1829 on the excellent court docket in Sydney, the bewitching Jane New used to be sentenced to dying. Her crime: shoplifting a bolt of revealed French silk. yet used to be she to blame? Many had their doubts.
Although a criminal technicality quickly quashed Jane's sentence, the autocratic Governor Ralph Darling refused to set her loose. Like bees to the honey pot, the gents of Sydney swarmed to Jane's defence together with barrister and political agitator William Charles Wentworth and ultimate court docket Registrar John Stephen Jr, who have been either full of life and manipulative of their appeals to set her free.
An impossible to resist Temptation is decided opposed to the backdrop of a very divisive interval in colonial New South Wales. not just did the scandal titillate Sydney and its felony and political ramifications push the colony to the edge of a constitutional hindrance, however it contributed to the savagery of Governor Darling's public vilification and bestowed upon Jane New a spot within the annals of Australian colonial history.
Compelling and fast moving, An impossible to resist Temptation is a meticulously researched background that takes us from the court docket docks of industrialising England, to Tasmania's uncooked penal cost, the rough-house global of Sydney's Rocks and at last again to the rarefied surroundings of england' condominium of Commons.
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Carol Baxter has written a piece that captures the reader. this can be mostly due to her ability as a story historian, her skill to inform an exceptional tale. ' - Gregory Melleuish, Australian Literary ReviewIn 1829 on the perfect courtroom in Sydney, the bewitching Jane New used to be sentenced to loss of life. Her crime: shoplifting a bolt of revealed French silk.
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