‘The Convict’s Daughter’ by Kiera Lindsey

Cover of ‘The Convict’s Daughter’ by Kiera Lindsey

This book is worth a read if you’re interested in a lively account of life in Sydney, NSW in 1848. Kiera Lindsey presents the story of Mary Ann Gill whose failed elopement with James Butler Kinchela was a public scandal of the times.  Her research into the case is presented in a deft combination of factual biography and dramatic action.

Lindsey, K. The Convict’s Daughter: The Scandal That Shocked a Colony. Allen and Unwin, 2016.

Author: Alison Ferguson

Back in the 1970s, Alison Ferguson completed one of the first Bachelor of Arts degrees in Professional Writing and then went on to qualify as a speech pathologist, working as a clinician and academic for over thirty years. As well as writing research-based book chapters and papers for international refereed journals, Alison authored two scholarly books (published by Plural Publishing, and Palgrave Macmillan). Recently retired, Alison is pursuing her long-standing fascination with story writing in both non-fiction and fiction.

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