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Floating Brothel

The Extraordinary True Story of an Eighteenth-century Ship and Its Cargo of Female Convicts

by Sian Rees

Category: History / Australasian
Publication date: 20010111
Number of pages: 256

In July 1789, 237 women convicts left England for Botany Bay in Australia on board a ship called The Lady Julian, destined to provide sexual services and a breeding bank for the men already there. Based on research into contemporary sources, such as letters and trial records, this is the story of the women and their voyage.

What the papers say:
'history at its most engaging' - Daily Telegraph 20020112 'Rees's lively, closely researched account of life in London's underworld and on board ship is a testimony to the spirit and resilience of women...' - The Sunday Times 20020224 'highly accomplished debut...comparable in power to Golding's Rites Of Passage' - Independent 20020112

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