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  • Last woman hanged

    This is an excellent and well written account of this sad event and life of Louisa Collins. A must read for every Australian because of the thorough research by the author of the judicial system and life in NSW in the 1800's. Caroline Overington is a talented writer, she has a clear and flowing style which makes easy and interesting reading of an involved and complicated subject.

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  • The last woman hanged

    This a great read. Eben though the title tells what is going to happen I found myself on edge hoping that it wouldn't . A very hard book to put down.

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  • Crime and punishment

    Did the crime deserve the punishment ? Did she actually do the crime. Someone had to be the last. And as happens in the USA, sometimes an innocent person receives the ultimate penalty.

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  • Should be required reading

    What a sobering reflection on how lucky we are to live in today’s society. Our young generations should learn what life was like not all that long ago, and be thankful for what we have today. Caroline’s work should be brought to their attention. I found this book strangely compelling. It is meticulously researched, and the atmosphere of the legal and social expectations of the roles of men and women are empathetically described. The author, Caroline, depicts the reality of hanging in all its barbarity. She brings us through Louisa’s life and losses and downfall, and in doing so she poses the question - was Louisa actually guilty? We have to make up our own minds, Was hanging justified? Was it justified in the context of the norms of the late 19th century? Would it be justified today? Think about this. Think about those who believed they were so right then. So much human misery has been caused by the righteous. Is this still happening? To think of the helplessness that must have been the nightly companions of so many women during those times breaks my heart. The time spent reading this book was very well spent. Its sobering effect will last a lot longer Congratulations Caroline.

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  • Overt agenda

    It had the potential to be fascinating read but focussed too much on modern gender politics than historical accuracy. Reinterpreting history through the lens of modern ideals does not give an accurate understanding of the times and the events. This made for an annoying read. Unless you are wanting to reinforcegender beliefs you already hold, don't bother.

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