The Day She Cradled Me by Sacha de Bazin review

By Louise O'Brien In Books

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17th March, 2012
Sacha de Bazin’s first novel, The Day She Cradled Me, adds to the growing body of local historical fiction in its sympathetic retelling of the story of the notorious Minnie Dean. Known as the Winton Baby Farmer, Dean was convicted in 1895 of murdering children under her care, becoming the first and last woman to be hanged in New Zealand. The novel begins with the judge’s sentencing in the Invercargill Court before turning to the events that led Dean to the dock. De Bazin examines not only the period immediately surrounding the deaths of Dorothy Edith Carter and Eva Hornsby – basing ...

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