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Dark Paradise - Robert Macklin

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Published: 30th July 2013
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Norfolk Island isolation, savagery, mystery and murder.

Aren t remote South Pacific islands supposed to be paradise? Perhaps, from a distance, Norfolk Island looks an idyllic, peaceful, beautiful place lush with tall pines. But look closer and that facade is shattered. For all of the 220 years we have known it, Norfolk s story has been one of darkness, pain, rage and horror. Long buried bones and axes hint at the violence before Captain Cook arrived and claimed the place for England. And then the horror truly began. From its earliest days the isolation of life on this extinct volcano took its toll.

Robert Macklin, author of the bestselling Sas Sniper, tells the vivid, bewitching story of how a unique lifestyle and culture evolved amongst the almost two thousand inhabitants. From a brutal penal colony, a refuge for descendants of the Bounty mutineers when they outgrew Pitcairn Island in 1856, to the murder of Janelle Patton in 2002, Norfolk Island is exposed like never before. A place full of shadows and wrongful deaths, its history is a mesmerising tale all the more powerful because it is true.

'I have to tell you, Satan lives here.' Norfolk Island resident to the author, 2011.

About the Author

Robert Macklin is a Canberra-based journalist and author. His most recent book is the bestselling Saas Sniper.

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a stain in history

By Chrisby

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Well Written

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  • The Inhuman Treatment Was

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I am researching family history and there is some connection with the Island so wanted to find out more

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ISBN: 9780733628603
ISBN-10: 0733628605
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 30th July 2013
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 15.4  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.42