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The Penal Colony

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It is 1997. The British government now runs island prison colonies to take dangerous offenders from its overcrowded mainland jails.

Among all these colonies, Sert, 25 miles off the north Cornish coast, has the worst reputation. There are no warders. Satellite technology is used to keep the convicts under watch. New arrivals are dumped by helicopter and must learn to survive as best they can. To Sert, one afternoon in July, is brought Anthony John Routledge, sentenced for a sex-murder he did not commit. Routledge knows he is here for ever. And he knows he must quickly forget the rules of civilized life. But not all the islanders are savages. Under the charismatic leadership of one man a community has evolved. A community with harsh and unyielding rules, peopled by resourceful men for whom the hopeless dream of escape may not be so hopeless after all ...

Customer Reviews

Excellent read

This book encapsulates all the misery of a penal existence with the wonders of mans ingenuity for survival. A hard, thrilling read. Recommend for all survivalists and outdoor types who prefer hardship from the safety of their armchair!!

The Penal Colony

Wow, what a fabulous story, characters and means to the end. I didn't want the book to end but I couldn't wait to find out how it would all pan out. I was walking in the shoes of the villagers!


I've never written a review for anything in my life, but I almost feel obliged to do so in the case of this fantastic find. It does take a while to get into, but please do be patient. This author is a talent and has the ability to make each character come to life. I'm so grateful I came across this gem and I can honestly say this is now one of my favourite books. Ever.

The Penal Colony
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  • £2.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Crime & Thrillers
  • Published: 13 February 2010
  • Publisher: Richard Herley
  • Print Length: 415 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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