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Devil's Ballast

Devil’s Ballast

Meg Caddy

Anne Bonny was eighteen when she ran away from her violent husband, James, into the arms of pirate captain Calico Jack Rackham. Now she’s ensconced aboard Jack’s ship Ranger, passing as a cabin boy and playing her ruthless part in a crew that is raining down mayhem and murder on the ships of the Caribbean. But James Bonny is willing to pay to get his ‘property’ back. And pirate-hunter Captain Barnet is happy to take his money. The Ranger’s a fast ship: Anne might just be able to outrun Barnet. But can she outrun the consequences of her relationship with Calico Jack?

Devil’s Ballast is action-packed yet nuanced, culturally relevant and sharp as a cutlass. Based on the true story of Anne Bonny, this new novel by the remarkable Meg Caddy brings to life one of history’s most fascinating anti-heroines.


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Meg Caddy
About the Author

Meg Caddy started writing her debut novel Waer when she was fourteen years old. She hasn’t had much of a life since! Waer was shortlisted for the 2013 Text Prize, and released by Text Publishing in 2016. Meg has been mentored by fantasy novelist Juliet Marillier, and spent time as a resident and a Young Writers’ tutor at the Katharine Susannah...

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Praise for Meg Caddy
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‘You spend most of the book cheering them on, furiously turning the pages…great for readers of action-filled historical fiction.‘

‘A new world of shape-shifters and a time-honoured battle between good and evil come alive in Caddy’s debut fantasy for teens.’

‘An astonishing debut…The writing is assured, the action is swift and the characters ring as true as Caddy’s psychological insights.’

‘A cracking adventure story…Brimming with excitement and incident.’

‘Meg Caddy sure knows how to write an adventure. Devil’s Ballast is a rollicking, heartfelt and fun novel…a must for anyone looking for a story with a sharp-tongued, cutlass-wielding, savvy female pirate!’

‘With the novel’s exploration of deeply personal themes, characterisation is vital, and Caddy gets it spot on…action-filled and exciting.’

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