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To Brave Every Danger
by Judith Cook

ISBN: 978 185022 126 5
216x135mm - 277 pages

In 1786 Mary Broad a Cornish fisherman's daughter turned highway robber was sentenced to hang for the theft of a silk hat and property worth eleven guineas. Her sentence was commuted to transportation to Australia and, after a barbarous nine month voyage during which her first child was born, Mary arrived at Botany Bay, where she married fellow convict William Bryant. Determined to escape this harsh existence, William and Mary fled the penal colony in an open boat, sailing 3254 miles in 69 days to the Dutch East Indies, only to be recaptured and brought back to London, chained to the ship's deck in an open cage. Imprisoned in Newgate, and again threatened with death, her cause was championed by James Boswell, who was so taken by her that he defended her at her trial, and winning her first a reprieve, then a full pardon.

To Brave Every Danger is a fascinating piece of historical sleuthing which unravels the story of the adventurous life of one of history's forgotten heroes.

'Thanks to Judith Cook's assiduous research, Bryant's amazing story is brought vividly to life in a book that fills you with fury about the way male adventurers hog the history books' - Daily Mail 
'An immensely readable piece of historical detective work' - Daily Telegraph

A real cracker of a story, better than fiction' - Plymouth Evening Herald 
Judith Cook was a prolific author whose work ranged from current affairs to the Elizabethan theatre as well as biographies of Daphne du Maurier and J B Priestley.

She wrote extensively for the theatre including two plays commissioned by Chichester Festival Theatre.  At the time of her death she had completed a biography of Simon Forman the Elizabethan doctor and astrologer.  She had also completed a fifth historical thriller based on the Simon Forman character.  She lived for many years in Newlyn, Cornwall.Judith Cook received a grant from the Society of Authors to carry out research in Australia prior to writing To Brave Every Danger.