Oh Happy Day

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Carmen Callil explores her roots in a book that is a miracle of research and whose writing is fuelled by righteous anger - a story of Empire, migration and the poverty and injustice of nineteenth-century England In this remarkable book, Carmen Callil discovers the story of her British ancestors, beginning with her great-great-grandmother Sary Lacey, born illegitimate in 1808, an impoverished stocking frame worker in Leicestershire. Through detailed research, we follow Sary from slum to tenement and from pregnancy to pregnancy. We also meet George Conquest, a canal worker and the father of one of Sary's children. George was sentenced - for stealing a piece of hemp - to seven years' transportation to Australia, where he faced the extraordinary brutality of convict life. Meanwhile, Mary Ann Brooks and her father John, a silversmith, travel across the seas from Lincolnshire to escape the Workhouse and life as a skivvy. But for George, as for so many destitute and disenfranchised British people like him, Australia turned out to be his Happy Day. He survived, prospered and eventually returned to England, where he met Sary again, after nearly thirty years. He brought her out to Australia, and they were never parted again. Carmen Callil not only reclaims from obscurity the lives of these ordinary men and women who were sent to Australia as convicts or domestic servants, but also draws telling parallels for our own times. Oh Happy Day is a moving story of poverty, social injustice, Empire and migration. show more

Book details

EAN

9780224090308

Classifications

British & Irish history
Poverty & unemployment
Migration, immigration & emigration
Social classes
Family history, tracing ancestors

Format

Hardback

Number of pages

368 pages

Weight(g)

756g

Dimensions(mm)

164 x 242 x 38

Publication date

2020-11-05

Publisher

Vintage Publishing

Readership

General (US: Trade)

Series

Series Editor

Imprint

-

Publication City/Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

EAN 9780224090308
Classification British & Irish history
Poverty & unemployment
Migration, immigration & emigration
Social classes
Family history, tracing ancestors
Format Hardback
Number of pages 368 pages
Weight(g) 756g
Dimensions(mm) 164 x 242 x 38
Publication date 2020-11-05
Publisher Vintage Publishing
Readership General (US: Trade)
Series
Series Editor
Imprint -
Publication City/Country United Kingdom
Language: English

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