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In this episode taken from the BBC Radio 4 series, Melvyn Bragg voyages to Tasmania to find out what a sentence of transportation to Van Diemen’s Land really meant to those who survived the journey ‘beyond the seas’. We hear the forgotten voices of people such as Joseph Lingard, a respectable Derbyshire man who was wrongfully convicted of the theft of a door-latch, and explore the destinies of the many thousands of British convicts whose forced labour shaped the first 80 years of the Australian colony.
What would have made Voices of the Powerless: A Journey Beyond the Seas better?
My own fault because I didn't read the full bio and didn't realise that this book was only 33 minutes long. A waste of my credit.
What was most disappointing about Melvyn Bragg’s story?
What didn’t you like about Melvyn Bragg’s performance?
You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?
None for me.
Any additional comments?
I have just been to Tasmania and wanted to know more about it's history.
Feel that I was short-changed.
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