Morgan's Run

Morgan's Run

by Colleen McCullough
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Morgan's Run by Colleen McCullough

In a novel of sweeping narrative power unequaled since her own beloved worldwide bestseller The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCullough returns to Australia—this time with the story of its birth.

At the center of her new novel is Richard Morgan, son of a Bristol tavern-keeper, devoted husband and loving father, sober and hardworking craftsman. By the machinations of fate and the vagaries of the 18th-century English judicial system, he is consigned as a convict to the famous "First Fleet," which set sail, bearing, as an experiment in penology, 582 male and 193 female felons sentenced to transportation, in May of 1787 for the continent that Captain Cook had discovered only a few years earlier.

The word "epic" is overused, but no other word can do justice to one of the most grueling and significant voyages in human history or to the courage of the convicts whose sufferings were not ended but had only just begun when they set foot on Australian soil at Botany Bay on January 19th, 1788.

Of those convicts, Richard Morgan stood out, not only for his strength and his calm determination to let no man bully him, but also for his intelligence, his fair-mindedness, his common sense, and his willingness to help others. To these qualities must be added a certain innate dignity that hinted, even in the most terrible conditions, at a life marked by tragedies that would have broken most men.

In Richard Morgan, Colleen McCullough has created one of her most compelling characters. We see through Morgan's eyes the two worlds in which the story takes place: that of 18th-century Bristol, where Morgan was born and expected to live out his life, and that of a convicted felon sent to settle a hostile new world.

When the book begins, Richard Morgan is a contented man—happily married, with a child he adores. Then, piece by piece, his idyll crumbles until he finds himself led into an ambiguous relationship with a beautiful young woman, whose dissolute protector seeks vengeance on Morgan to protect his own skin.

He endures the agonies of bereavement and financial loss, incarceration in prison and aboard the notorious "hulks," then the horrors of the journeys to Botany Bay and Norfolk Island, where he finds against all odds a new love and a new life.

Richard Morgan's story is true, but in making Morgan the central figure of her novel, Colleen McCullough has created a hero whom no reader will ever forget; she has written not only a great adventure and a powerful love story, but also a book that combines the elements of Tom Jones and Mutiny on the Bounty.

Morgan's Run is great fiction, full of drama, passion, history, love, and hatred, full-blooded and totally engrossing, a stunning work that is at once rich entertainment—and a revelation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743417198
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/28/2001
Pages: 848
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.75(h) x (d)

About the Author

Colleen McCullough, a native of Australia, established the department of neurophysiology at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney before working as a researcher at Yale Medical School for ten years. She is the bestselling author of numerous novels, including The Thorn Birds, and lives with her husband on Norfolk Island in the South Pacific.

Hometown:

Norfolk Island, 1,000 miles off the Australian coast

Date of Birth:

June 1, 1937

Place of Birth:

Wellington, New South Wales, Australia

Education:

Attended University of Sydney

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up Morgan's Run because I needed something to read. Some other reviews I've read indicated that it drags a bit in places. I agree that it does, but also argue that it is important to understand the details, misery, and tedium, that prisonsers went through in those days. After starting Morgan's Run, I found I couldn't leave it. I had to finish it; I had to know what happened to Richard Morgan. And after finishing it, I think it's one of the best books I've read in a long time. I strongly hope it is made into a movie - I would be first in line to see it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful historical novel. Get character development. Exciting settings. The novel includes betrayal, convicts, love, death, whippings, hangings, the founding of Australia, children, starvation, thief, and more. Excellent dialogue. The book is just outstanding. The novel deserves an A+++++++
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But the book drags on a bit. Wordy keep reading
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Brilliant author. Amazing book. Couldn't put it down.
hokeka More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down!
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I have loved every one of Colleen McCullogh's books but this one really disappointed me, very boring.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I simply enjoyed this book. Ms McCullough is a master of historical fiction.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Following the writer from the streets of Rome, she took me to the wildeness of Norfolk Island (in Spanish). Although I was not particularly touched by the story, I must confess that Richard Morgan fascinated me trully. I very much recommend this book and commend the writer fo such an excelent work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this to be a book that I could hardly put down and when it was close to the end, I didn't want it to end. I would love a sequel. I would recommmend it to anyone interested in the history of Englands courts and prisons, of that time. Also the settling of Norfolk Island and its convicts who some didn't deserve to be there but made the most of it. Jan
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read The Thornbirds and also own the Videos. For me, Morgan's Run and The Grass Crown expressed much more depth and detail of the historical settings. English ships were most often 'horrors'. Even Abigal Adams in John Adams experienced their filth. Colleen McCullough's flow of words gave me a clear understanding of what it must have been to land in so much hostility and strangeness. The process of adapting held my interest to the final page. She must continue this story!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have just finished reading "Morgan's Run". What a wonderful book. Having just returned from holidaying on Norfolk Island, the book was additionally interesting as I could visulise the areas on the island where the convict settlement was established. I have loved and studied history since I was a young girl and this book fulfilled all my expectations of an historical novel. I found it hard to put the book down and couldn't wait to turn to the next chapter. Richard Morgan was a fascinating and wonderful character and I hope that Colleen will continue with his story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up because I enjoyed The Thorn Birds so much. The story is very interesting, but I do think parts of it drag somewhat. Some of the descriptions (such as those about the tools) are too lengthy. Most of us aren't really that interested, I believe. This is not a book most tool-lovers are going to read, and they would know that information already anyway. But I did enjoy the storyline and am curious to find out what happens to Morgan's offspring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can hardly wait for the follow up book. I also think this is a movie waiting to happen. I suggest Russell Crowe as Richard Morgan. I just finished it today. It's been a long time since a book has kept me up after finishing it. I couldn't sleep thinking about the characters and where their lives had come from and went to and were still going. I was surprised to see 'The Floating Brothel' on the home page for books today. For those of you who haven't read Morgans Run, this new book is about one of the ships in Morgans Run. I must read it too. I can't imagine anyone not moved by this book. I know my husband and my son (21 yrs) will enjoy it just as much as I do in their own way.