First Fleet

First Fleet

by M Howard Morgan


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The story of the First Fleet of convicts to Australia.

Jack Vizzard, an Oxford-educated lawyer, falls for Mary, a beautiful young woman of his home village, at a time when he is changing his life; disenchanted with his chosen profession he joins the Corps of Marines. His love is returned but Mary is falsely accused and sentenced to transportation. Consumed by anger and hate, Jack murders her accuser and abandons Mary to her fate, travelling to Australia as one of the marine guards.

The story follows the two main characters on the voyage until, only on arrival in New South Wales, they are reunited.

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ISBN-13: 9781466393905
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/11/2011
Pages: 452
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.91(d)

About the Author

M Howard Morgan is a nom de plume of Malcolm Mendey.

Born in Carmarthen, the son of a Brylcreem Boy father and a wonderful German au pair - they WERE married- he has travelled extensively throughout Europe, the Far East, Oceania and N. America. Following an initial career in civil law he moved into loss adjusting, acting for underwriters at Lloyd's of London and multi-national insurers.

An interest in genealogy resulted in the discovery of an ancestor who was a marine with the First Fleet of Australia in 1788. Always a student of history, that triggered an ever more consuming investigation into the history of the Golden Age of Sail and tangentially, the conflicts with Revolutionary and Napoleonic France. First Fleet is a debut novel with a sequel now in progress set in 1794 and the first major naval engagement between the two, known in Britain as The Glorious First of June.

A qualified boatmaster, a failed golfer, enthusiast of aviation, consumer of fine wines, beers and spirits he has no interest in celery.

Howard Morgan lives in the beautiful Cotswolds with his beautiful wife, approximately two of four children and two fabulous Border Collies.

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