Wayward Voyage by Anna M Holmes

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Anne is a headstrong young girl growing up in the frontier colony of Carolina in the early eighteenth century. With the death of her mother, and others she holds dear, Anne discovers that life is uncertain, so best live it to the full. She rejects the confines of conventional society and runs away to sea, finding herself in The Bahamas, which has become a nest for pirates plaguing the West Indies. Increasingly dissatisfied with her life, Anne meets a charismatic former pirate, John ‘Calico Jack’ Rackham, and persuades him to take up pirating again, and she won’t be left onshore. The Golden Age of Piracy is a period when frontiers were being explored and boundaries pushed. Wayward Voyage creates a vivid and gritty picture of colonial life in the Americas and at sea.


Looks at the real side of life 
Anne dreams of escaping her life and having adventures which is what happens when she meets a sailor and travels out to sea
Although it is told from many points of view, the main narrator is Anne. She is a character focused on her dreams and what she wants but this does alienate people and cause problems at times 
I had an image in my head about the romance of piracy, as I’m sure many people do, but this book looks at the reality, it doesn’t sugar coat the social, political or economical side of life at the time which I think made the story so much more lifelike. I became fascinated with the characters, the struggles and challenges that each of them face and how they changed over time. Following some Googling I found out that many of the characters were based on real people and I think this helped me to engage with the story and find out more about them
I’m not going to lie, I really struggled with this book to start with but I’m so glad I persevered because as the story developed it caught my attention more and more and I became caught up in the story and unable to put it down. If you want a romanticised pirate story then this book probably won’t be for you but if you, like me, want a book that looks at life and which will make you reconsider everything you previously knew whilst pulling you into another world then I think you may have found the perfect book 
AM 🐾 x

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Author Bio 

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Anna is originally from New Zealand and lives in the U.K. with her Dutch partner.

WAYWARD VOYAGE is Anna’s first novel. She has been fascinated by the lives of women pirates, Anne Bonny and Mary Read, for a long time. Some years ago, she visualised this story as a screenplay before exploring and building their world more deeply as a novel. WAYWARD VOYAGE made a longlist of 11 for the Virginia Prize in Women’s Fiction 2020.

BLIND EYE an eco-thriller, will be published by The Book Guild in September, so this year, 2021, Anna will have two novels coming out. Her screenplay, BLIND EYE, is joint winner of the 2020 Green Stories screenplay competition. 

A documentary about pioneers of flamenco in the UK that Anna produced and directed was screened in Marbella International Film Festival and in London. This passion project ensures a slice of cultural history has been captured. It is available on YouTube and via a portal on her website.

She holds a Humanities B.A, a post-graduate diploma in Journalism and an M.A. in Dance Studies. Initially she worked as a radio journalist before a career in arts management working with U.K. Arts Councils and as an independent producer, dance history lecturer and she has run a dance development agency.

Anna is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher and enjoys practising flamenco. Writing, dance, and yoga shape her life.

Social Media Links –

Website:              https://www.annamholmes.com

Facebook             https://www.facebook.com/AnnaMHolmesWriter     

Twitter                  @AnnaMHolmes_

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