A BURGLAR'S LIFE or The Stirring Adventures of the Great English Burglar, Mark Jeffrey. a Thrillinbg History of the Dark Days of Convictism in Australia

Author: Hiener (W. & J.E.) Ed. with Intro' by:
Year: 1968
Publisher: Angus & Robertson
Edition Details: Reprint (1st pub. 1893)
Book Condition: Vg/Vg
Price: 15.00
Hardback. The publishing history of 'A Burglar's Life...'is written about in the Introduction. Mark Jeffrey, the burglar of the title and the narrator of the autobiography, was a monstrous English rustic - more than half mad, and violent. He started life as a farm boy; became a Cheap Jack; took to burgling with almost comic detachment; was soon arrested and sentenced to transportation. In Tasmania and on Norfolk Island he was never out of trouble: for ever roaring with hunger and knocking down and planning to murder everyone who teased his appetite or fired his sense of injustice. When after long experience of life in irons and solitary confinement he was released on ticket of leave, his wild temper led to a sentence of life imprisonment for murder. Despite his violent nature, there is something likable about the defiant spirit of the man. The book is written in a clear, swift-moving, simple style which makes it at once an absorbing human document and a classic of Australian convict literature. It was first published in Tasmania in 1893. The editors have rescued this unusual self-portrait from obscurity and restored a fascinating piece of Australiana with searching interest. The introduction and notes on the man and the times complete the portrayal of what must have been one of the most unrepentant and self-righteous convicts of Australian history. With Frontis. + Reference Notes. 194pp. 8vo. h/back. From the library of true-crime writer, Wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/plate. Vg. in sl. frayed vg. pcdw, which has faded sp. and is showing signs of shelfwear.


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