The Girl from Botany Bay
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|Format:||Hardback, 240 pages|
|Other Information: ||illustrations|
|Published In: ||United States, 11 November 2004|
From prizewinning biographer Carolly Erickson, the harrowing story of a celebrated convict's 4,000--mile escape from prison by sea with her two small children In 1788, the British government commuted nineteen--year--old Mary Bryant's death sentence and transported her to Botany Bay, the penal colony in Australia. Her crime: stealing a lady's bonnet. In Australia, Mary married another convict and had two children, but harsh conditions made life increasingly unbearable. In 1791, she, her family, and seven other convicts escaped in a small open boat and sailed an astonishing 4,000 miles to the Dutch colony at Timor. The convicts initially passed as survivors of a shipwreck, but they were soon exposed, rounded up, and put on a ship back to England. Mary's two children died of fever on the voyage, and it seemed likely that she would face transportation back to Australia. But in England, her amazing escape and tragic story quickly became a cause celebre, and Mary was ultimately pardoned. Now, in this gripping narrative history, Carolly Erickson brings this remarkable woman to life, offering an indelible account of crime, punishment, heroism, and redemption. Carolly Erickson (Kailua, HI) is a distinguished historian who has written biographies of Empress Josephine, Tsarina Alexandra, and Queens Elizabeth I, Victoria, and Elizabeth II.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1; Chapter 2; Chapter 3; Chapter 4; Chapter 5; Chapter 6; Chapter 7; Chapter 8; Chapter 9; Chapter 10; Chapter 11; Chapter 12; Chapter 13; Chapter 14; Chapter 15; Chapter 16; Chapter 17; Chapter 18; Chapter 19; Chapter 20; Chapter 21; Afterword; Endnotes; A Note On Sources.
About the Author
CAROLLY ERICKSON is a prizewinning historian and biographer, widely acclaimed as a master of historical writing. Her eighteen nonfiction books have won her a large international following. Erickson lives in Hawaii.
"...her story draws in the reader." (Publishers Weekly, September 27, 2004) Praise for Carolly Erickson: "Carolly Erickson is one of the most accomplished and successful historical biographers writing in English." (London Times Literary Supplement) "An intimate, richly detailed, and candid portrait...[Erickson's] scholarly insights combine superbly with a mastery of period manners more often found int he best historical fiction." [Kirkus Reviews on Josephine} "Carolly Erickson is a most admirable biographer, and this book is highly enjoyable as well as being reliable and acute; indeed, it is popular historical biography at its best." [London Times on Mistress Anne] "A masterpiece of narrative, a story so absorbing that it is as hard to put down as a fine novel.l" [LA Times Book Review, on The First Elizabeth] "Even more readable and absorbing than the justly praised works of Barbara Tuchman and Antonia Fraser...In Erickson's hands, an entire age comes vividly to life." [The Philadelphia InquirerThe First Elizabeth] "[With] dazzling gifts for historical color and detail...rarely before have [Henry VIII's] person and psyche been so brilliantly revealed." [ London Review of Books on GREAT HARRY] "A distinguished and highly readable book." (Washington Post Book World, on BLOODY MARY) "Erickson [is] a gifted writer with a novelistic flair for detail." (San Francisco Chronicle on MISTRESS ANNE) "She has written an admirable biography, graphic, judicious, carefully researched, skillfully constructea dn full of those telling details that are an essential ingredient of the narrator's art." (The new York Times Book Review on Great HARRY) "Carolly Erickson's new book...THE FIRST ELIZABETH is a great triumph of compression, clarity and insight, offering the triple delights of fine popular history, scandal-ridden biography and first-rate narrative." (Los Angeles Times on THE FIRST ELIZABETH) "Prolific biographer Erickson skillfully renders the extraordinary life of Mary [Bryant]. A compelling tale with a gritty heroine."(Kirkus)
|Publisher: ||John Wiley & Sons Inc|
|Dimensions: ||23.0 x 16.0 x 2.0 centimeters (0.40 kg)|