SHOWDOWN AT THE RED LION, the life and times of Jack McLoughlin, 1859-1910

: van Onselen (C.)

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515pp., illus., maps, paperback, Johannesburg, 2015.

 

A biography of "One-armed Jack" McLoughlin, brigand, soldier, sailor, mercenary, burglar, highwayman, safe-cracker, and Johannesburg's most infamous "Irish" anti-hero and social bandit.

"This enthralling saga of crime, passion, and betrayal is a compelling portrait of one of empire's great, unsung anti-heroes" Jean Comaroff, Harvard University

Charles van Onselen is the author of "The Small Matter of a Horse", "The Fox and the Flies", "Masked Raiders" and "The Seed is Mine", which won the Alan Paton and Herskovits prizes. He is currently Research Professor in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Pretoria.