Monday, 8 November 2010

‘Remember Me’

It’s normally Dot who is the book worm whereas I’m normally the one for magazines and short stories. Recently Dot had just finished a book called ‘Remember Me’ by Lesley Pearse (Penguin) given her by Geoff and Mags of Nb Seyella. The whole time she was reading it, she was commenting about the story which got me curious. When she eventually finished the book she said “That’s another one for the charity shop”.

A must read novel based on a true story.

Before it disappeared I had a quick look at it and started to read the first few pages. Well it wasn’t long before I was so engrossed that I couldn’t put it down which is totally unheard of as I haven’t read a book such as this for decades. Five days and 542 pages later I finally reached the last page. The main reason for my interest was that it was based on a true story and the author must have done one heck of a lot of research and made it larger than life so to speak. 

‘In 1786 a fisherman's daughter from Cornwall called Mary Broad was sentenced to be hung 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 read’

A search on the internet of the author and it appears she has written similar books so we will have to keep an eye open for them around the charity shops.

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