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From the bestselling author of Fled comes a moving tale of revolution, treachery and courage.


About the book

1820, London. Sarah McCaffrey, fleeing arrest for her part in a failed rebellion, thinks she has escaped when she finds herself aboard the Serpent, bound from London to the colony of New South Wales. But when the captain’s reckless actions drive the ship into a cliff, Sarah is the sole survivor.

Adopting a false identity, Sarah determines to make a new life for herself in Sydney. She takes the first work she can find, under the formidable Molly Thistle, who has grown her late husband’s business into a sprawling trade empire. As time passes, Sarah begins to see there is more than one way of changing the world—but then her past follows her across the seas …

Meg Keneally’s second solo novel is an exciting historical fiction adventure about power, sedition and survival. With a strong lead female protagonist, the novel’s themes of political resistance and rebellion are rich in history but deeply relevant for today’s world. This one is for fans of historical, adventure and women’s fiction, in the vein of Kate Forsyth, Kate Morton, and even Clive Cussler.

Read an extract of The Wreck here.


About the author

Meg Keneally has always been fascinated by the ocean and history, in particular maritime history and archaeology. A former SCUBA diving instructor, Meg still spends as much time underwater as she can. Meg has worked as a public affairs officer, sub-editor, freelance feature writer, reporter, and talkback radio producer, before co-founding a financial service public relations company, which she then sold after having her first child. For more than ten years, Meg has worked in corporate affairs for listed financial services companies. She is co-author with Tom Keneally of The Monsarrat Series of historical mysteries. Fled, Meg’s first solo novel, was published in 2019 by Echo Publishing. She lives in Sydney.



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Advance praise

‘An irresistible feast of history, adventure, intrigue and tragedy. Epic yet tender. Authentic yet inspired’—Clare Wright

‘Moving and heartbreaking, the rhythm of the sea runs through every page of this dramatic, evocative tale’—Woman’s Weekly


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