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Title: An Irresistible Temptation: The true story of Jane New and a colonial scandal
Contributor(s): Baxter, Carol  (author)
Publication Date: 2006
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Abstract: In literature as in life there are true stories and there are "true" stories. A current trend is the style known as "faction": creating a vivid story by interweaving fictionalised dialogue and description into a story about real people and events. The drawback for the reader is the uncertainty as to where fact ends and fiction begins; depending upon the author this can be anywhere along a wide spectrum. 'An Irresistible Temptation' is neither fiction nor faction; the characters, events and dialogue are all drawn from the wealth of records relating to the Jane New scandal. To generate a sense of immediacy, a feeling that the characters were living their own story rather than a narrator observing them, I used information from court testimonies, affidavits, letters, reports and newspaper articles to describe events as they happened, and I converted recollections into speech. Conversions were not always straightforward: words, phrases, sentences and even paragraphs sometimes had to be omitted, or words added, or the arrangement tweaked slightly for ease of comprehension.
Publication Type: Book
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Place of Publication: Sydney, Australia
ISBN: 9781741149241
Field of Research (FOR): 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
HERDC Category Description: A1 Authored Book - Scholarly
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Extent of Pages: 422
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