"A colorfully detailed showcase for the limits of courage, daring, and human resourcefulness. Keneally's Jenny is a powerful personality."—Daily Mail.
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.
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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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When I find a novel that i make all kinds of excuses to read. When I can't wait to get back to reading it then I know it's a 5 star book. I don't give 5 stars very often but this one deserves it. Especially when you know it based on a true story.
Thank you netgalley for a digital ARC of Fled! I loved this book! I almost finished it in one sitting, it hooked me from the first page. It wasn’t until I finished and read the afterward that I learned that this was based on a real person. The story is about Jenny Gwyn, a poor girl from Cornwall who gets caught stealing and then is transported to Australia for seven years. The journey to get there is terrifying, and most were lucky to survive, but Jenny did more than just survive. Jenny may have been poor, but she was smart, and she knew how to survive. Once she arrived in Australia, she quickly formed alliances and became an “upstanding” citizen in the colony. And then she plans an escape. Escape by sea. She and her fellow escapees travel a similar route to the survivors of the Caine mutiny. But the story doesn’t end there. I don’t want to give it all away. This novel is a good old fashioned adventure. If you enjoy historical fiction and adventure, you will definitely enjoy this book.
Fled is based on the amazing of life of Mary Bryant who was transported to an Australian penal colony and actually escaped. This alternative narrative follows young Jenny Gwyn as she is convicted for highway robbery, survives a harrowing transportation, endures a primitive life in an unsettled Australian landscape, and finally embarks on a daring escape. The story is well-written and vividly detailed. Meg Keneally has masterfully created characters that are engaging and genuine. This is a noble re-telling of events surrounding an important figure in Australian history. Recommended for true lovers of historical fiction. Full disclosure- An ARC of this book was provided via NetGalley in return for this review.