Meg Keneally (Author)
July 09, 2019
6.2 X 1.4 X 9.1 inches | 1.35 pounds
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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.
"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."--Fantastic Fiction "A tragedy of epic proportions . . . It is a testament to Keneally's dexterity that she is able to bring Jenny into focus as both a historical figure and a stand-in for others like her without losing the thread of her narrative. The reader can't help feeling implicated as a spectator of unimaginable hardship."--The New York Times Book Review "The pages fly by. Keneally's tale of this fierce, passionate, unstoppable woman will leave you breathless--and wanting more. An epic story of love and liberty."--Elizabeth Cobbs, bestselling author of The Tubman Command "Meg Keneally's fast-paced Fled grabs you by the collar and yanks you through a riveting story of unexpected twists and turns that will leave you breathless. Jenny Trelawney Gwynn is fierce, brash, and independent. She may be an 18th century convict, but she's a heroine worthy of our 21st century #MeToo moment."--Stephanie Storey, author of Oil and Marble: a Novel of Leonardo and Michelangelo "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 "Meg Keneally's Fled is a page-turning high seas adventure led by an unlikely and utterly compelling woman. Jenny Trelawney Gwynn is the just the sort of literary heroine the world needs right now. By turns a grieving daughter, a thief, a convict, a fugitive, a mother, a wife, and an 18th century pop culture icon, she proves herself equal to any man and superior to most. I was cheering for Jenny from the first page to the last."--Tiffany Quay Tyson, award-winning author of The Past is Never "Fled is one of the most satisfying historical fiction accounts in recent memory, reminiscent of Peter Carey at the height of his powers . . . a triumph of feminist determination. If this is the standard Keneally is setting, it will be no surprise to see that famed surname etched anew on the nation's literary awards."--Saturday Paper (Australia) "A colorfully detailed showcase for the limits of courage, daring, and human resourcefulness. Keneally's Jenny is a powerful personality."--Daily Mail "Phenomenal. . . . An extraordinary story that is almost too fantastic to be believed."--Booktopia "Stunning . . . a wonderfully adventurous novel. . . . Woven with style, built on solid research and an insight into times past."--The Book Trail