The Democrat by Olly Wyatt

The Democrat

Olly Wyatt

This tale of Thomas Muir is unbelievable, except for the fact that it's based on complete truth. Muir was transported to Australia in 1793 for urging that everyone should have the vote. To tell any more would spoil the experience - but expect adventure, excitement and a rollicking good ride. All you have to do is remember that this novel is the real story of Scotland's Nelson Mandela.

Extract

Whilst Watling bought the drinks, Muir searched for a free table. The soldiers drank on the leeward side of the frigate sheltered from the wind whilst the convicts gathered on the windward side, spending much of their time covering their drinks from the sand. He found a place between the two, by the stern. The frigate's interior was riddled with just as much prostitution as the convict ship. Occasional flashes of flesh would appear through the shutters to raucous applause.

Parallels
  • Long walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
  • A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel
  • A Man's a Man for a' that by Robert Burns

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