By Carol Baxter
In 1829 on the ultimate court docket in Sydney, the bewitching Jane New used to be sentenced to loss of life. Her crime: shoplifting a bolt of published French silk. yet was once she in charge? Many had their doubts.
Although a felony technicality quickly quashed Jane's sentence, the autocratic Governor Ralph Darling refused to set her unfastened. 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 energetic and manipulative of their appeals to set her free.
An impossible to resist Temptation is determined 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 concern, 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 paced, 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 payment, the rough-house international of Sydney's Rocks and finally again to the rarefied surroundings of england' apartment of Commons.
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