Solomon's noose : the true story of Her Majesty's Hangman of Hobart / Steve Harris.Publisher: Melbourne, Vic : Melbourne Books, Copyright date: ©2015Description: 328 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour), portraits ; 23 cmContent type:
- still image
- 364.6609946 23
Includes bibliographical references (page 321-325)
The story of a young convict, Solomon Blay, who became Her Majesty's hangman in Van Diemen's Land; the man who personally had to deliver an Empire's judgment on 200 men and women, and endured his own noose of personal demons and demonisation in order to survive ; all in the context of the great struggles of good-evil, life-death, hope-despair, which drew the attention of Darwin, Twain, Trollope and Dickens as Van Diemen's Land evolved from a Hades of Evil to sow the seeds of nationhood. The book paints a vivid picture of the society and poverty from which Blay's character was forged in England and the desperate, brutal nature of being a convict in Van Diemen's Land. This is an important book in exposing the dark 'underbelly' in the formation of modern Australia.
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