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Scapegallows

(2007)
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New South Wales, 1817. Margaret Catchpole is stranded at a settler's homestead as the floodwater draws in, and she finds herself facing death - as she has several times before. She looks back over her life - the complex and stormy partnership with Will Laud, a 'hell-born-babe', that led her into the world of smuggling and in to a double life. After Will is forced to flee the country, Margaret is taken on as a nursemaid by the wealthy Cobbold family, but a crime against them means she is tried and sentenced to hang. She avoids death but when an elaborate gaol escape fails, Will is shot dead and Margaret captured. Sentenced once more to hang, she looks death full in the face. But she doesn't die. Her sentence is transmuted to transportation for life to Australia. The novel explores a deeply divided society. Ironically, by reaching the lowest depths and being cast out by the society which spawned her, Margaret finds her true role as an independent pioneer in a young colony.

    

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September 2008 : UK Hardback

Title: Scapegallows
Author(s): Carol Birch
ISBN: 0-7505-2933-4 / 978-0-7505-2933-4 (UK edition)
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November 2007 : UK Hardback
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Title: Scapegallows
Author(s): Carol Birch
ISBN: 1-84408-390-X / 978-1-84408-390-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Virago
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Paperback Editions

July 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: Scapegallows
Author(s): Carol Birch
ISBN: 1-84408-391-8 / 978-1-84408-391-6 (UK edition)
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November 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: Scapegallows
Author(s): Carol Birch
ISBN: 1-84408-507-4 / 978-1-84408-507-1 (UK edition)
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August 2011 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Scapegallows
Author(s): Carol Birch
Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
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August 2011 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Scapegallows
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Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
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August 2011 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Scapegallows
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Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
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June 2008 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: Scapegallows
Author(s): Carol Birch
ISBN: 0-7531-3174-9 / 978-0-7531-3174-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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June 2008 : UK Audio CD

Title: Scapegallows
Author(s): Carol Birch
ISBN: 0-7531-3175-7 / 978-0-7531-3175-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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