History’s Emma Christopher interviewed in ‘Spectrum’

Dr Emma Christopher was interviewed for last week’s Spectum magazine in the weekend edition of the Sydney Morning Herald.

A Merciless Place cover

Today we’re discussing her latest book, A Merciless Place, subtitled The Lost Story of Britain’s Convict Disaster in Africa and How it Led to the Settlement of Australia. At 365 pages, plus another 60 pages of footnotes and bibliography, you would be forgiven for thinking it a somber tome, a dry analysis of a terrible era of human suffering. In fact, it’s a fine example of modern popular history. Not exactly a romp, but a compelling read with an enormous cast of unsavoury characters spiced with delicious historical trivia.

Emma’s book details how the extraordinary story of how Britain’s convict disaster in West Africa led to the settlement of Australia. She will also be talking about her research at the Sydney Humanities Salon on Thursday 9 September, when she will be joined by Kirsten McKenzie for Sydney, Freetown and Cape Town: Convicts and Empire

We hope you will join us there.


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