For The Term of His Natural Life
by Marcus Clarke
Angus and Robertson, 1982, ISBN 0207140731, black and white illustrated plates and illustrations, black and white illustrated frontispiece, hardcover, dustjacket
Very Good Condition, minor edge and shelf wear, previous institute stamp on front endpaper, residue and rubbing to back endpaper, dustjacket shows minor edge and shelf wear with minor rubbing and bumping to edges and corners (see photographs)
“For the Term of His Natural Life is the grim and tragic story of life in an Australian penal colony. It is a book which over the decades has come to be recognised as a masterpiece and which has taken its rightful place as a classic of world-wide fame.
Told with immense force, it is a story of inhumanity and suffering – of whips, chains and torture racks. No attempt is made to soften the truth of the depths of degradation to which men sank in those harsh, dark, early days. Clarke had studied the records of “the System” and nothing he describes was too cruel or brutal to have happened under it. One convict is mercilessly flogged to death; another is racked on the torture stretcher; others are driven insane and to cannibalism.”