Devil’s Ballast

Devil’s Ballast

“Meg Caddy sure knows how to write an adventure. Devil’s Ballast is a rollicking, heartfelt and fun novel…a must for anyone looking for a story with a sharp-tongued, cutlass-wielding, savvy female pirate!”

– Booktopia

“With the novel’s exploration of deeply personal themes, characterisation is vital, and Caddy gets it spot on…action-filled and exciting.”

– ReadPlus

“This swashbuckling tale of early eighteenth-century Caribbean piracy manages to be hilarious and harrowing…Caddy successfully incorporates issues of sexuality, abuse, and male dominance, proving them as relevant then as now. An invigorating page-turner!”

– Booklist

“[A] strong, brine-soaked adventure.”

– Wall Street Journal

“You spend most of the book cheering them on, furiously turning the pages…great for readers of action-filled historical fiction.”

– Books + Publishing on Devil's Ballast

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

– Kirkus on Devil's Ballast

Out now

EXTENT : 320PP
FORMAT : PAPERBACK
PUBLISHED : 7 MAY 2019
ISBN : 9781925773460
READING AGE : 14+
CATEGORIES : HISTORY, HISTORICAL FICTION, KIDS & TEENS, FICTION

About the book

Anne Bonny was eighteen when she ran away from her violent husband, James, into the arms of pirate captain Calico Jack Rackham. Now she’s ensconced aboard Jack’s ship Ranger, passing as a cabin boy and playing her ruthless part in a crew that is raining down mayhem and murder on the ships of the Caribbean. But James Bonny is willing to pay to get his ‘property’ back. And pirate-hunter Captain Barnet is happy to take his money. The Ranger’s a fast ship: Anne might just be able to outrun Barnet. But can she outrun the consequences of her relationship with Calico Jack?

Devil’s Ballast is action-packed yet nuanced, culturally relevant and sharp as a cutlass. Based on the true story of Anne Bonny, this new novel by the remarkable Meg Caddy brings to life one of history’s most fascinating anti-heroines.

 

Interviews and Reviews

ABC Radio Sydney 
Booktopia

Kirkus Reviews
ReadPlus
Wall Street Journal ($)    
West Australian

Awards

Shortlisted, Readings Young Adult Book Prize, 2020

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