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A long way home /
Mike Walker.
imprint
Chichester, West Sussex, England ; Hoboken, NJ : Wiley, 2005.
description
vii, 415 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0470093463 (hbk.)
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imprint
Chichester, West Sussex, England ; Hoboken, NJ : Wiley, 2005.
isbn
0470093463 (hbk.)
general note
"The life and adventures of the convict Mary Bryant"--Jkt.
catalogue key
5782230
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 402-405) and indexes.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Mike Walker is a script-writer of drama and documentary for radio and television
Excerpts
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A Long Way Home is a story of journeys. MARY BROAD, a Cornish girl, finds herself caught up in the Georgian underworld and sentenced to a journey halfway round the world to an unknown destination where 700 hundred convicts and their keepers are left to scratch a living or starve. Mary wants above all things to go home and with her husband, her two children and six companions, she steals an open boat and makes an amazing voyage of 3,500 miles to Timor. But this is only the beginning of her journey. The worst is yet to come. ARTHUR PHILLIP, orphaned and without influence, joins the Georgian navy as a volunteer. Through a series of bloody battles he catches the eye of the spymasters at the Admiralty. He is sent on secret missions to France and South America and is then given the toughest mission of all: to found a nation with mutinous convicts and their reluctant keepers. JAMES BOSWELL travels from provincial Scotland to the temptations and delights of London where he becomes celebrated as Dr. Johnson's biographer. Somehow, society never quite accepts him - he is the perpetual outsider, his own worst enemy - yet he becomes Mary's best and only hope when,, widowed, her children both dead, she faces the gallows.
Flap Copy
A Long Way Home is a story of journeys.MARY BROAD, a Cornish girl, finds herself caught up in the Georgian underworld and sentenced to a journey halfway round the world to an unknown destination where 700 hundred convicts and their keepers are left to scratch a living or starve. Mary wants above all things to go home and with her husband, her two children and six companions, she steals an open boat and makes an amazing voyage of 3,500 miles to Timor. But this is only the beginning of her journey. The worst is yet to come.ARTHUR PHILLIP, orphaned and without influence, joins the Georgian navy as a volunteer. Through a series of bloody battles he catches the eye of the spymasters at the Admiralty. He is sent on secret missions to France and South America and is then given the toughest mission of all: to found a nation with mutinous convicts and their reluctant keepers.JAMES BOSWELL travels from provincial Scotland to the temptations and delights of London where he becomes celebrated as Dr. Johnson's biographer. Somehow, society never quite accepts him - he is the perpetual outsider, his own worst enemy - yet he becomes Mary's best and only hope when,, widowed, her children both dead, she faces the gallows.
Reviews
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Referenced in the Cornish Times - described as a 'real-life historical thriller' (19 May 2005) "...expands on the bare facts to write a readable account..." (Western Daily Press Bristol, 16th July 2005)
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Summaries
Main Description
Mike Walker takes us on a journey from a tiny village in Cornwall, through the criminal stews of Georgian London, to the hold of a disease-ridden convict ship and on to the far end of the Earth. Then, in an isolated prison colony with only a few weeks of supplies between it and starvation we follow Mary Broad on a 3000 mile journey in a 20 foot boat from freedom to shipwreck and re-incarceration in a London prison cell where she faces the death sentence for the second time, or the possibility of starting the terrible experience all over again. Her salvation comes in the unlikely form of James Boswell, lawyer and gentleman who defends her case and wins her freedom. Mary Broad's story is brought to life in Mike Walker's hands with the help of original diaries, state records and newspapers describing the conditions and events of the day, and the incredible hardships and losses suffered by our heroine.
Long Description
Born a fisherman's daughter in 18 th Century Cornwall, poverty and ambition drove Mary Broad to become a daring highwaywoman. Arrested and tried, she was sentenced to be transported on the first convict fleet sent to the unknown continent of Australia. Despite brutality and starvation, she survived, married and had children and, with her husband, Will Bryant, stole an open boat and sailed 3,500 miles over unknown oceans to escape to Timor. Here she was captured by the sadistic Captain Edwards, who was hunting the Bounty mutineers, and returned, under appalling conditions, to Britain where she faced certain death in the execution yard at Newgate prison. A Long Way Home tells the incredible and heart rending story of Mary and of the two extraordinary men whose lives became entangled with hers: the navel spy and brilliant seaman, Captain Arthur Phillip, who founded the first colony in Australia and James Boswell, rakehell and biographer, who, at the end of a misspent life, found a cause worth fighting for. A Long Way Home is a real life historical thriller.
Bowker Data Service Summary
'A Long Way Home' is the incredible story of one woman's survival through corruption, deportation, shipwreck and betrayal, from Cornwall to Australia and back again.
Table of Contents
Note to Readersp. vi
In Memoryp. vii
Openingsp. 1
The Storyp. 25
The Historyp. 325
Eighteenth-century Slangp. 381
Sources and Acknowledgmentsp. 399
Notesp. 407
Index of Namesp. 409
Index of Vesselsp. 415
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