Mary Ann and Captain Piper

By Jessica North

A book preview from our friends at Allen & Unwin

An astonishing story of lust and love in early colonial Australia, shocking, entrancing and utterly enthralling.’ – Sue Williams

Born on Norfolk Island to First Fleet convicts, Mary Ann was destined to become a farmer’s wife. Instead, at the age of fourteen she entranced the island’s Commandant, the charming and flirtatious Captain Piper.

Mary Ann’s life journey from barefoot child to Sydney’s fashionable society encompasses triumphs, tragedies and travels around the globe. For the first time, Jessica North’s biography reveals Mary Ann Piper to be one of the most remarkable women in Australia’s early history.

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