Who was Claudia Faraday?
Hidden in an attic for nearly 100 years this recently discovered ‘secret’ diary reveals the mildly scandalous adventures of a respectable 1920s Englishwoman and mother of three, as she discovers for the first time that sex, even at her (slightly) advanced age, can be fun. Names have been changed to protect reputations.
‘I do not scruple to pronounce that in the whole world there is not a worse country than what we have yet seen of this…’
So said Major Robert Ross, Lt Gov of New South Wales (2nd in command to the Governor), just months after the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788.
The Worst Country in the World tells the extraordinary tale of early colonial Australia as seen through the eyes of Mary Pitt, a widow of 53 with five children, who voluntarily migrated from her home in Dorset in 1801 to live in a penal colony.