Fled: A Novel

Fled: A Novel

by Meg Keneally

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Overview

The outlaw who became a folk hero for her courage and her daring escape by sea: “An epic story of love and liberty" (Elizabeth Cobbs, bestselling author of The Tubman Command)

Jenny Gwyn is a survivor. Faced with destitution after the death of her father, she becomes a highwaywoman to support her impoverished family. One fatal mistake leads to her arrest, and the king’s justice demands her death. But rather than beg for mercy, Jenny condemns the system that would make her choose between obeying the law and dying, and breaking it for the chance to survive. Her ferocity convinces the judge to spare her life, and he sentences her and dozens of other convicts to transport across the seas to England's penal colony in Australia.
 
After a grueling passage on a filthy ship where she must sell her body for protection, Jenny learns that her struggles have only just begun. The landscape of Sydney Cove is harsh and unwelcoming to the new settlers, with its arid climate and precious little fresh water. 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, Fled is a sweeping, heart-wrenching account of one woman's life-long search for freedom.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781951627843
Publisher: Arcade
Publication date: 07/20/2021
Pages: 408
Sales rank: 494,535
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 5.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Meg Keneally is the co‑author of the Monsarrat murder mystery series 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 more than two decades, and moonlights as a part‑time SCUBA diving instructor. Fled is her debut as a solo author. A movie of Fled, directed by Elizabeth Blake-Thomas, is being produced GlobalWatch Films. Meg lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband and two children.

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