Oh Happy Day Those Times and These Times

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Publisher's Synopsis

'A triumphant family memoir' Hallie Rubenhold
'Powerfully told...an impressive work' The Times
'Gives a voice to the voiceless' Australian Book Review

In this remarkable book, Carmen Callil discovers the story of her British ancestors, beginning with her great-great grandmother Sary Lacey, born in 1808, an impoverished stocking frame worker. 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 a minor theft - to seven years' transportation to Australia, where he faced the extraordinary brutality of convict life.

But for George, as for so many 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.

A miracle of research and fuelled by righteous anger, Oh Happy Day is a story of Empire, migration and the inequality and injustice of nineteenth-century England.

'A remarkable tale...drawing chilling parallels to the inequalities of our times' Observer

About the Publisher

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Vintage is a highly respected paperback publisher of contemporary fiction and non-fiction, publishing writers like Philip Roth, Martin Amis and Toni Morrison. There are many Booker and Nobel Prize-winning authors on the Vintage list such as Kingsley Amis, A S Byatt, J M Coetzee, Ismail Kadare, Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie, Anne Enright, Iris Murdoch, Roddy Doyle and Ben Okri, to name a few.

Book information

ISBN: 9780099548560
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Vintage
Pub date:
DEWEY: 994.020922
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 302g
Height: 130mm
Width: 197mm
Spine width: 29mm