When Alexander Pearce stood in the dock of the Supreme Court of Van Dieman's Land, it was the first time that a self-confessed cannibal had appeared in court. A year and nine months earlier Pearce and seven other convicts had escaped from the totally isolated prison-settlement of Sarah Island in Macquarie Harbour, the most remote penal hell-hole in the whole British Empire at that time. He was the sole survivor of their nine-week trek to what they thought would be freedom, a journey through some of the most difficult ...

Hell's Gates 2002, Hardie Grant Books, South Yarra

ISBN-13: 9781740640831