Crime, Punishment and Redemption
Arts Monday’s Jane Raffan interviews June Slee, author of Crime, Punishment & Redemption, published by the National Gallery of Australia:
“John Ward, writing in his diary whilst incarcerated on Norfolk Island, tells a story of thwarted love that–he claims–led him to a life of crime: including theft, sexual assault and more. In telling the candid story of his downfall he exposes his own ruthlessness and lack of empathy.”
It’s all in this book: love, history, convicts, crime and criminology, Norfolk Island … The author seamlessly weaves the diary – Ward’s own words – into her text to tell a gripping story.
The podcast includes the show’s music: prison and chain gang blues and a couple of colonial laments. Listen here: