Long Way Home: The Life and Adventures of the Convict Mary Bryant

Long Way Home: The Life and Adventures of the Convict Mary Bryant

by Mike Walker
     
 

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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470093467
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/27/2005
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.83(d)

Meet the Author

Mike Walker is a script-writer of drama and documentary for radio and television. He has won several awards for plays and adaptations. He has also written novels and non-fiction including Powder Puff Derby, the story of pioneering women aviators. Recent work Includes the Dark House, a BAFTA Winning interactive drama and an adaptation of David Copperfield for BBC Radio 4.

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