- 400 Pages
- July 2, 2019
- ISBN: 9781948924269
- Trim Size: 152.400mm x 228.600mm
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)
Tall and lanky, more suited to sailing and fishing than to keeping a house, Jenny Gwyn has proven herself a survivor. When she's caught stealing to support her impoverished family, she and dozens of other convicts are sent across the world to help settle England's newest colony in Australia.
After being contained on a filthy ship and selling her body for better rations, Jenny is shocked to see the place that will become her home. The harsh landscape of Sydney Cove isn't welcoming to its new settlers with it's arid climate and precious little fresh water. Even worse, 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.
"A real page turner, this breathtaking yarn will keep you on the edge of your seat."—Dr Jonathan King, author of Mary Bryant - Her Life and Escape from Botany Bay
"An irresistible feast of history, adventure, intrigue and tragedy. Epic yet tender. Authentic yet inspired."—Clare Wright, author of You Daughters of Freedom
"I was utterly absorbed—swept up and transported into convict life. Jenny Trelawney's struggles—her intelligence, courage, and grit—as well as Meg Keneally's beautifully understated writing, kept me up past bedtime night after night."—Jane Rawson, author of From the Wreck