Synopses & Reviews
In 1829 at the Supreme Court in Sydney, the bewitching Jane New was sentenced to death. Her crime: shoplifting a bolt of printed French silk. But was she guilty? Many had their doubts. Although a legal technicality soon quashed Jane's sentence, the autocratic Governor Ralph Darling refused to set her free. Like bees to the honey pot, the gentlemen of Sydney swarmed to Jane's defense including barrister and political agitator William Charles Wentworth and Supreme Court Registrar John Stephen Jr, who were both vigorous and manipulative in their appeals to set her free. An Irresistible Temptation is set against the backdrop of a particularly divisive period in colonial New South Wales. Not only did the scandal titillate Sydney and its legal and political ramifications push the colony to the brink of a constitutional crisis, but it contributed to the savagery of Governor Darling's public vilification and bestowed upon Jane New a place in the annals of Australian colonial history. Compelling and fast-paced, An Irresistible Temptation is a meticulously researched history that takes us from the court docks of industrializing England, to Tasmania's raw penal settlement, the rough-house world of Sydney's Rocks, and eventually back to the rarefied atmosphere of Britain's House of Commons.
Set against the backdrop of a particularly divisive period in colonial New South Wales, Australia, this sensational story recounts the scandal that centered on the alluring convict Jane New and her role in the public vilification of Governor Ralph Darling and the elevation of William Charles Wentworth from journalist and public figure to the colonys master political operator.
About the Author
Carol Baxter is a fellow of the Society of Australian Genealogists and one of the country's leading genealogical researchers, who has written extensively in the area of Australian colonial history.