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Slipping the Noose

Slipping the Noose

Meg Caddy

  • awardLonglisted, Children and Young Adult category, ARA Historical Novel Prize, 2022
  • awardLonglisted, CBCA Book of the Year, Older Readers, 2023
  • The way out is through.

    Anne Bonny is chained up in the hold of a prison ship, nursing nine-month-old Molly. The baby is all she has left of Calico Jack, the swaggering pirate captain who loved her and stole her away to sea—and who now hangs from a gibbet. When armed men rip the child from her grasp, Bonny can do nothing and Molly seems lost. But Anne Bonny was not cut out for despair. She will plan for escape and rescue, and the plan will become action. And the streets of London will belong to her and her daughter—and the ragtag remnants of Calico Jack’s crew.

    Anne Bonny looms large in the history of piracy on the high seas. But history, having left the notorious female buccaneer languishing in a Jamaican jail, then carelessly mislaid her. Fortunately we have Meg Caddy to imagine her subsequent exploits and whereabouts, and to bring them so vividly and rakishly to life.


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    Meg Caddy
    About the Author

    Meg Caddy is a part-time bookseller and a full-time nerd. Their fantasy novel Waer was shortlisted for the 2013 Text Prize and the 2017 CBCA Book of the Year Award, and their historical fiction Devil’s Ballast was shortlisted for the 2020 Readings YA Book Prize. They are currently undertaking a PhD in queer fiction.

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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] strong, brine-soaked adventure.’

    ‘Caddy maintains historical authenticity throughout, neither dampening the violence of the setting nor the dangers of having a marginalized body…A satisfying seafaring adventure.’

    ‘A fascinating read…will enthral lovers of historical fiction…The narrative is written in the voices of Bonny and Read, and both come alive for the reader.’

    ‘Caddy is unsparing in her description of the seamier side of London life. She includes contemporary issues—Jacobitism, feminism, gender identity and homosexuality—to provide a lively and authentic background to the story.’

    ‘A rollicking piece of feminist historical fiction…Engaging and entertaining…Excellent for YA readers seeking cultural representation and LGBTQI+ inclusivity.’

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