'Beware the shock of the true.'
— Andrew Rule, award-winning journalist and author Impressive research and a story that challenges the imagination -- except that it’s true.
'A prisoner elects to become a hangman — to improve his lot in life. All this set against the Gothic world of Van Diemen’s Land in the time of convicts, bushrangers and rough justice.'
— Les Carlyon, best-selling author of Gallipoli and The Great War
The story of a young convict, Solomon Blay, who became Her Majesty's hangman in Van Diemen's Land; the man who personally had to deliver an Empire's judgment on 200 men and women, and endured his own noose of personal demons and demonisation in order to 'survive'; all in the context of the great struggles of good-evil, life-death, hope-despair, which drew the attention of Darwin, Twain, Trollope and Dickens as Van Diemans Land evolved from a Hades of Evil to sow the seeds of nationhood.
The book paints a vivid picture of the society and poverty from which Blay’s character was forged in England and the desperate, brutal nature of being a convict in Van Diemen’s Land. Solomon’s Noose is an important book in exposing the dark ‘underbelly’ in the formation of modern Australia.
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