Fled: A Novel

Fled: A Novel

by Meg Keneally

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Overview

Based on the life of an incredible historical heroine, a harrowing journey in search of love, justice, and freedom, told by the daughter of best-selling author Thomas Keneally (Schindler's List)

Jenny Gwyn has proven herself a survivor. Faced with destitution after the death of her father, she toughens her skin to become a highwaywoman in order to support her impoverished family. But one fatal mistake leads to her arrest, and the king’s justice demands her death. Rather than beg for mercy, Jenny condemns the system that would have her choose between obeying the law and dying, and breaking it for a chance to live. Her ferocity convinces the judge to spare her life, sentencing her and dozens of other convicts to a transport across the world to help settle England's newest colony in Australia.

After being contained on a filthy ship and selling her body for protection, Jenny is horrified to learn that her struggles have only just begun. The harsh landscape of Sydney Cove isn't welcoming to its new settlers with its arid climate and precious little fresh water, and despite the lack of shackles or bars, she and the others are still prisoners under the strict watch of Governor Edward Lockharty, and no amount of cunning can earn his favor. Jenny refuses to submit to the governor or to the barren land unable to support the growing population. Determined to find a better life for herself and her children, she braves the sea, and a journey of over three thousand miles in a small rowboat, for a chance at a future worth fighting for.

Based on the true story of Mary Bryant, an iconic figure in the foundation lore of Australia as Great Britain's penal colony, Fled is a sweeping, heart-wrenching account of one woman's life-long search for freedom.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781948924269
Publisher: Arcade
Publication date: 07/09/2019
Pages: 408
Sales rank: 399,687
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Meg Keneally  is the co-author of The Monsarrat series, murder mysteries set in Australia, which she wrote with her father, Booker-Prize winner Tom Keneally. She has worked as a journalist and corporate affairs professional for over two decades, and moonlights as a part-time SCUBA diving instructor. Fled is her debut solo work. She lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband and two children.

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