Podcast: The next in line with Adam Courtenay

Podcast: The next in line with Adam Courtenay

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Cheryl is joined by Adam Courtenay to discuss his book, The Ship That Never Was –  an entertaining and rollicking story of James Porter, an original Australian larrikin whose ingenuity, gift of the gab and refusal to buckle under authority make him an irresistible anti-hero who deserves a place in our history. Together they discuss the greatest escape tale in Australian Colonial history.

Podcast guest: Adam Courtenay 

Adam Courtenay is the son of Australia’s best-loved storyteller, Bryce Courtenay. He is a Sydney-based writer and journalist who has had a long career in the UK and Australia, writing for papers such as the Financial Times, the Sunday Times, the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Australian Financial Review.

Duration: 32 minutes

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                      Publisher details

                      The Ship That Never Was
                      Author
                      Adam Courtenay
                      Publisher
                      ABC Books
                      Genre
                      Non Fiction
                      Released
                      21 May, 2018

                      Synopsis

                      In 1823, cockney sailor and chancer James Porter was convicted of stealing a stack of beaver furs and transported halfway around the world to Van Diemen's Land. After several escape attempts from the notorious penal colony, Porter, who told authorities he was a 'beer-machine maker', was sent to Sarah Island, known in Van Diemen's Land as hell on earth.Many had tried to escape Sarah Island; few had succeeded. But when Governor George Arthur announced that the place would be closed and its prisoners moved to the new penal station of Port Arthur, Porter, along with a motley crew of other prisoners, pulled off an audacious escape. Wresting control of the ship they'd been building to transport them to their fresh hell, the escapees instead sailed all the way to Chile. What happened next is stranger than fiction, a fitting outcome for this true-life picaresque tale.The Ship That Never Was is the entertaining and rollicking story of what is surely the greatest escape in Australian colonial history. James Porter, whose memoirs were the inspiration for Marcus Clarke's For the Term of his Natural Life, is an original Australian larrikin whose ingenuity, gift of the gab and refusal to buckle under authority make him an irresistible anti-hero who deserves a place in our history.
                      Adam Courtenay
                      About the author

                      Adam Courtenay

                       
                      Adam Courtenay is the son of Australia's best-loved storyteller, Bryce Courtenay. He is a Sydney-based writer and journalist who has had a long career in the UK and Australia, writing for papers such as the Financial Times, the Sunday Times, the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Australian Financial Review.

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