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Jennifer is in prison for an undisclosed crime. Denied companionship, she escapes into her memory and imagination.

Peggy Maybee, Jennifer’s ancestor, was transported for stealing a peacock. This is all that is known about Peggy but Jennifer conjures a life for her aboard a convict ship bound for Botany Bay.

A partial eclipse of the moon used by the captain as inspiration for a sermon triggers a mutiny and, amidst the chaos of brawling thieves, cut-throats, whores and crew, Peggy makes a bid for freedom …

‘Brilliant, seductive and assured’ Nick Hornby

Reviews

Brilliant .. seductive and assured
Nick Hornby, SUNDAY TIMES
Glaister's rounded gift is to show life as it really is
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
Glaister is particularly good at evoking the all-pervading unease of people who want to forget their ill deeds but can't
TLS
Glaister's novels always appear to be as effortless for her to write as they are for us to read
THE TIMES