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 published French silk. yet used to be 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 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 courtroom Registrar John Stephen Jr, who have been either lively 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 criminal and political ramifications push the colony to the edge of a constitutional problem, 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 payment, the rough-house global of Sydney's Rocks and finally again to the rarefied surroundings of england' residence of Commons.
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