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In 1786 a fisherman's daughter from Cornwall called Mary Broad was sentenced to be hanged for theft. But her sentence was commuted, and she was transported to Australia, one of the first convicts to arrive there. 

How Mary escaped the harsh existence of the colony and found true love, and how she was captured and taken back to London in chains, only to be released after a trial where she was defended by no less than James Boswell, is one of the most gripping and moving stories of human endeavour (based on an amazing true story) you will ever listen to.

©2003 Lesley Pearse (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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Absolutely brilliant.

An incredibly moving story about the first fleet.
A great read about an amazing woman. I'd never thought about the people. Those transport ships were death buckets. Very sad.

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shame

I would have really enjoyed this story but it started at chapter 12.tried restarting but wouldn't. listened to the end then it started from chapter 1...annoying it ruined the whole story.

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  • Janette Harvey
  • 07-11-2018

What a powerful true story

Loved this book could not put it down t was hard to believe it was a true story so well written.