John Gorrie - A Maiden of Mauritius

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John Gorrie was a respected colonial judge, albeit defiantly and decidedly not on the side of the ruling classes in the territories where he was posted. He believed that everyone - irrespective of race - was equal before the law, and in all his postings worked to make justice accessible to all and to protect the underdog. His beliefs and efforts were not universally welcomed especially by elements of those ruling classes. His unpublished novel was discovered almost a century after his death. It makes a significant contribution to unravelling the complex legacy of empire as well as offering new insights into the life and work of this early champion of equal human rights.

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