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Marcus CLARKE (1846-1881)

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"For the Term of his Natural Life" is a 'ripping yarn', which at times relies on unrealistic coincidences, the story follows the fortunes of Rufus Dawes, a young man transported for a murder which he did not commit. The harsh and inhumane treatment meted out to the convicts, some of whom were transported for relatively minor crimes, is clearly conveyed. The conditions experienced by the convicts are graphically described.

The novel was based on research by the author as well as a visit to the penal settlement of Port Arthur.

The racy style and constant development of events ensures that this novel will continue be of interes to modern readers.

Updated 4 August 04