The Ship that Never Was: The Greatest Escape Story Of Australian Colonial History

The Ship that Never Was: The Greatest Escape Story Of Australian Colonial History

The greatest escape story of Australian colonial history by the son of Australia?s best-loved storyteller In 1828, James Porter, sailor, chancer, illywhacker, found himself on a ship bound for Van Diemen's Land, having been convicted of stealing a stack of beaver furs. After several escape attempts from the notorious penal colony, Porter, who told authorities he was a 'bee The greatest escape story of Australian colonial history by the son of Australia?s best-loved storyteller In 1828, Ja...

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Title:The Ship that Never Was: The Greatest Escape Story Of Australian Colonial History
Author:Adam Courtenay
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:B077V4TMNS
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition

The Ship that Never Was: The Greatest Escape Story Of Australian Colonial History Reviews

  • Judy
    Feb 04, 2019

    This was a fascinating read. My first thought upon completion was, 'truth really can be stranger than fiction!' This extraordinary account of larrikin, convict James Porter and what could possibly be the nicest mutiny in history, is one that all Aussies (and anyone with an intere...

    A cracking tale of adventure that reads like a tall story yet it's all true! Vivid, entertaining history. Who knew of this pint-sized larrikan of a Tasmanian convict who just wouldn't lie down and behave? Apparently many people, but not me! Cockney convict and former sailor, James Port...

    A compelling, page -turning history with all the best ingredients: a likeable rogue at centre stage and an against-the-odds escape from a lifetime of misery for an unlikely alliance of Australian convicts in the 1800s. The storylines of history based on English convict James Porter ext...

    There is nothing like a rollicking good tale where the underdog triumphs over the top dog, not to mention great escapes and characters both ingenious and deeply flawed. Adam Courtenay's book is reminiscent of a Dickens novel, except in this case, it happens to be true. In 1823, Jame...

    I loved this book - a real cover to cover read. It's part history, part boys own adventure - with many rascals and even more twists and turns. A rollicking, adventurous ride through a piece of little known (to me anyway) Australian colonial and maritime history. I know it it i...

    Review to come on my blog but an intriguing story and part of Australian history I had not previously known about, amongst many others, and highlighted many gaps in convict history that are sometimes left out of lessons. ...

    Excellent true sort of convict escape . This extraordinary escape and journey to South America surely should be well known but this is the first I?d heard of it!! Well researched and documented story. Loved it. ...

    This is a fascinating account of a little known episode in Australian colonial history. Convict James Porter and nine others managed to steal a newly built ship and sail it all the way to South America in one of the most daring and audacious escapes in convict history. It is amazing th...

    As it says in the afterward: be warned because "this little bastard will get under your skin." The story of James Porter, convict and escape artist in 19th century Tasmania, was one I had never heard before and it was unbelievably fascinating. And while Porter was undoubtedly a cri...

    Thank goodness a story as astonishing as this, has been preserved via this worthy book. What a tragedy if the tale of these men was lost or overlooked. As with most extensively researched and documented histories, a clear and reflective perspective is only arrived at in the final chapt...

    "...the entertaining and rollicking story of what is surely the greatest escape in Australian colonial history." (From the blurb of the audio version) Honestly, I'm a little surprised at how many glowing reviews this book has received. The story was somewhat interesting (based on tr...

    Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book - even though I knew the story as I saw the play in Strahan just after it started, when I was living in Tasmania for five years (93 to 97). This book is a very easy read and I read it quickly. It inspired me to read 'The Botanist's Daughter' when I ...

    It is hard to believe that this actually happened - that these men survived the horrors of convict life in Australia of the 1820s - 1830s. Our history really is filled with amazing stories of ordinary (and not so ordinary) people. At different times, I looked on James Porter as a har...

  • Owen Notting
    Oct 23, 2018

    This was a fascinating read. My first thought upon completion was, 'truth really can be stranger than fiction!' This extraordinary account of larrikin, convict James Porter and what could possibly be the nicest mutiny in history, is one that all Aussies (and anyone with an intere...

    A cracking tale of adventure that reads like a tall story yet it's all true! Vivid, entertaining history. Who knew of this pint-sized larrikan of a Tasmanian convict who just wouldn't lie down and behave? Apparently many people, but not me! Cockney convict and former sailor, James Port...

    A compelling, page -turning history with all the best ingredients: a likeable rogue at centre stage and an against-the-odds escape from a lifetime of misery for an unlikely alliance of Australian convicts in the 1800s. The storylines of history based on English convict James Porter ext...

    There is nothing like a rollicking good tale where the underdog triumphs over the top dog, not to mention great escapes and characters both ingenious and deeply flawed. Adam Courtenay's book is reminiscent of a Dickens novel, except in this case, it happens to be true. In 1823, Jame...

    I loved this book - a real cover to cover read. It's part history, part boys own adventure - with many rascals and even more twists and turns. A rollicking, adventurous ride through a piece of little known (to me anyway) Australian colonial and maritime history. I know it it i...

    Review to come on my blog but an intriguing story and part of Australian history I had not previously known about, amongst many others, and highlighted many gaps in convict history that are sometimes left out of lessons. ...

    Excellent true sort of convict escape . This extraordinary escape and journey to South America surely should be well known but this is the first I?d heard of it!! Well researched and documented story. Loved it. ...

    This is a fascinating account of a little known episode in Australian colonial history. Convict James Porter and nine others managed to steal a newly built ship and sail it all the way to South America in one of the most daring and audacious escapes in convict history. It is amazing th...

    As it says in the afterward: be warned because "this little bastard will get under your skin." The story of James Porter, convict and escape artist in 19th century Tasmania, was one I had never heard before and it was unbelievably fascinating. And while Porter was undoubtedly a cri...

    Thank goodness a story as astonishing as this, has been preserved via this worthy book. What a tragedy if the tale of these men was lost or overlooked. As with most extensively researched and documented histories, a clear and reflective perspective is only arrived at in the final chapt...

    "...the entertaining and rollicking story of what is surely the greatest escape in Australian colonial history." (From the blurb of the audio version) Honestly, I'm a little surprised at how many glowing reviews this book has received. The story was somewhat interesting (based on tr...

    Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book - even though I knew the story as I saw the play in Strahan just after it started, when I was living in Tasmania for five years (93 to 97). This book is a very easy read and I read it quickly. It inspired me to read 'The Botanist's Daughter' when I ...

    It is hard to believe that this actually happened - that these men survived the horrors of convict life in Australia of the 1820s - 1830s. Our history really is filled with amazing stories of ordinary (and not so ordinary) people. At different times, I looked on James Porter as a har...

    James Porter was a convict who once had two choices: a) toe the line and eventually be released or b) escape prison. In Adam Courtenay?s The Ship That Never Was we learn about how Porter took option number two. Courtenay?s tome is an engaging look at history that leaves readers ove...

    This was a fascinating and gripping page-turner. I'm not normally into Australian history but the author brings the characters and their failures and triumphs to life which really drew me in and kept me there. Also, my 13 year old nephew who rarely reads also loved it, which is a more ...

    a somewhat harrowing account of prisoners in Tasmania and the constant efforts of James Porter to escape. ...

    A great rollicking read mixing fictional with non-fictional elements. The story of James Porter will go on and on. A great read ...

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  • Samantha Battams
    Feb 17, 2019

    This was a fascinating read. My first thought upon completion was, 'truth really can be stranger than fiction!' This extraordinary account of larrikin, convict James Porter and what could possibly be the nicest mutiny in history, is one that all Aussies (and anyone with an intere...

    A cracking tale of adventure that reads like a tall story yet it's all true! Vivid, entertaining history. Who knew of this pint-sized larrikan of a Tasmanian convict who just wouldn't lie down and behave? Apparently many people, but not me! Cockney convict and former sailor, James Port...

    A compelling, page -turning history with all the best ingredients: a likeable rogue at centre stage and an against-the-odds escape from a lifetime of misery for an unlikely alliance of Australian convicts in the 1800s. The storylines of history based on English convict James Porter ext...

    There is nothing like a rollicking good tale where the underdog triumphs over the top dog, not to mention great escapes and characters both ingenious and deeply flawed. Adam Courtenay's book is reminiscent of a Dickens novel, except in this case, it happens to be true. In 1823, Jame...

    I loved this book - a real cover to cover read. It's part history, part boys own adventure - with many rascals and even more twists and turns. A rollicking, adventurous ride through a piece of little known (to me anyway) Australian colonial and maritime history. I know it it i...

    Review to come on my blog but an intriguing story and part of Australian history I had not previously known about, amongst many others, and highlighted many gaps in convict history that are sometimes left out of lessons. ...

    Excellent true sort of convict escape . This extraordinary escape and journey to South America surely should be well known but this is the first I?d heard of it!! Well researched and documented story. Loved it. ...

    This is a fascinating account of a little known episode in Australian colonial history. Convict James Porter and nine others managed to steal a newly built ship and sail it all the way to South America in one of the most daring and audacious escapes in convict history. It is amazing th...

    As it says in the afterward: be warned because "this little bastard will get under your skin." The story of James Porter, convict and escape artist in 19th century Tasmania, was one I had never heard before and it was unbelievably fascinating. And while Porter was undoubtedly a cri...

    Thank goodness a story as astonishing as this, has been preserved via this worthy book. What a tragedy if the tale of these men was lost or overlooked. As with most extensively researched and documented histories, a clear and reflective perspective is only arrived at in the final chapt...

    "...the entertaining and rollicking story of what is surely the greatest escape in Australian colonial history." (From the blurb of the audio version) Honestly, I'm a little surprised at how many glowing reviews this book has received. The story was somewhat interesting (based on tr...

    Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book - even though I knew the story as I saw the play in Strahan just after it started, when I was living in Tasmania for five years (93 to 97). This book is a very easy read and I read it quickly. It inspired me to read 'The Botanist's Daughter' when I ...

  • Glen Babington
    Aug 24, 2018

    This was a fascinating read. My first thought upon completion was, 'truth really can be stranger than fiction!' This extraordinary account of larrikin, convict James Porter and what could possibly be the nicest mutiny in history, is one that all Aussies (and anyone with an intere...

    A cracking tale of adventure that reads like a tall story yet it's all true! Vivid, entertaining history. Who knew of this pint-sized larrikan of a Tasmanian convict who just wouldn't lie down and behave? Apparently many people, but not me! Cockney convict and former sailor, James Port...

    A compelling, page -turning history with all the best ingredients: a likeable rogue at centre stage and an against-the-odds escape from a lifetime of misery for an unlikely alliance of Australian convicts in the 1800s. The storylines of history based on English convict James Porter ext...

    There is nothing like a rollicking good tale where the underdog triumphs over the top dog, not to mention great escapes and characters both ingenious and deeply flawed. Adam Courtenay's book is reminiscent of a Dickens novel, except in this case, it happens to be true. In 1823, Jame...

    I loved this book - a real cover to cover read. It's part history, part boys own adventure - with many rascals and even more twists and turns. A rollicking, adventurous ride through a piece of little known (to me anyway) Australian colonial and maritime history. I know it it i...

    Review to come on my blog but an intriguing story and part of Australian history I had not previously known about, amongst many others, and highlighted many gaps in convict history that are sometimes left out of lessons. ...

    Excellent true sort of convict escape . This extraordinary escape and journey to South America surely should be well known but this is the first I?d heard of it!! Well researched and documented story. Loved it. ...

    This is a fascinating account of a little known episode in Australian colonial history. Convict James Porter and nine others managed to steal a newly built ship and sail it all the way to South America in one of the most daring and audacious escapes in convict history. It is amazing th...

    As it says in the afterward: be warned because "this little bastard will get under your skin." The story of James Porter, convict and escape artist in 19th century Tasmania, was one I had never heard before and it was unbelievably fascinating. And while Porter was undoubtedly a cri...

    Thank goodness a story as astonishing as this, has been preserved via this worthy book. What a tragedy if the tale of these men was lost or overlooked. As with most extensively researched and documented histories, a clear and reflective perspective is only arrived at in the final chapt...

    "...the entertaining and rollicking story of what is surely the greatest escape in Australian colonial history." (From the blurb of the audio version) Honestly, I'm a little surprised at how many glowing reviews this book has received. The story was somewhat interesting (based on tr...

    Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book - even though I knew the story as I saw the play in Strahan just after it started, when I was living in Tasmania for five years (93 to 97). This book is a very easy read and I read it quickly. It inspired me to read 'The Botanist's Daughter' when I ...

    It is hard to believe that this actually happened - that these men survived the horrors of convict life in Australia of the 1820s - 1830s. Our history really is filled with amazing stories of ordinary (and not so ordinary) people. At different times, I looked on James Porter as a har...

    James Porter was a convict who once had two choices: a) toe the line and eventually be released or b) escape prison. In Adam Courtenay?s The Ship That Never Was we learn about how Porter took option number two. Courtenay?s tome is an engaging look at history that leaves readers ove...

    This was a fascinating and gripping page-turner. I'm not normally into Australian history but the author brings the characters and their failures and triumphs to life which really drew me in and kept me there. Also, my 13 year old nephew who rarely reads also loved it, which is a more ...

    a somewhat harrowing account of prisoners in Tasmania and the constant efforts of James Porter to escape. ...

    A great rollicking read mixing fictional with non-fictional elements. The story of James Porter will go on and on. A great read ...

    ...

  • Ashleigh
    Apr 11, 2018

    This was a fascinating read. My first thought upon completion was, 'truth really can be stranger than fiction!' This extraordinary account of larrikin, convict James Porter and what could possibly be the nicest mutiny in history, is one that all Aussies (and anyone with an intere...

    A cracking tale of adventure that reads like a tall story yet it's all true! Vivid, entertaining history. Who knew of this pint-sized larrikan of a Tasmanian convict who just wouldn't lie down and behave? Apparently many people, but not me! Cockney convict and former sailor, James Port...

    A compelling, page -turning history with all the best ingredients: a likeable rogue at centre stage and an against-the-odds escape from a lifetime of misery for an unlikely alliance of Australian convicts in the 1800s. The storylines of history based on English convict James Porter ext...

    There is nothing like a rollicking good tale where the underdog triumphs over the top dog, not to mention great escapes and characters both ingenious and deeply flawed. Adam Courtenay's book is reminiscent of a Dickens novel, except in this case, it happens to be true. In 1823, Jame...

    I loved this book - a real cover to cover read. It's part history, part boys own adventure - with many rascals and even more twists and turns. A rollicking, adventurous ride through a piece of little known (to me anyway) Australian colonial and maritime history. I know it it i...

    Review to come on my blog but an intriguing story and part of Australian history I had not previously known about, amongst many others, and highlighted many gaps in convict history that are sometimes left out of lessons. ...

  • Sasha
    Jun 23, 2018

    This was a fascinating read. My first thought upon completion was, 'truth really can be stranger than fiction!' This extraordinary account of larrikin, convict James Porter and what could possibly be the nicest mutiny in history, is one that all Aussies (and anyone with an intere...

    A cracking tale of adventure that reads like a tall story yet it's all true! Vivid, entertaining history. Who knew of this pint-sized larrikan of a Tasmanian convict who just wouldn't lie down and behave? Apparently many people, but not me! Cockney convict and former sailor, James Port...

    A compelling, page -turning history with all the best ingredients: a likeable rogue at centre stage and an against-the-odds escape from a lifetime of misery for an unlikely alliance of Australian convicts in the 1800s. The storylines of history based on English convict James Porter ext...

    There is nothing like a rollicking good tale where the underdog triumphs over the top dog, not to mention great escapes and characters both ingenious and deeply flawed. Adam Courtenay's book is reminiscent of a Dickens novel, except in this case, it happens to be true. In 1823, Jame...

    I loved this book - a real cover to cover read. It's part history, part boys own adventure - with many rascals and even more twists and turns. A rollicking, adventurous ride through a piece of little known (to me anyway) Australian colonial and maritime history. I know it it i...

    Review to come on my blog but an intriguing story and part of Australian history I had not previously known about, amongst many others, and highlighted many gaps in convict history that are sometimes left out of lessons. ...

    Excellent true sort of convict escape . This extraordinary escape and journey to South America surely should be well known but this is the first I?d heard of it!! Well researched and documented story. Loved it. ...

    This is a fascinating account of a little known episode in Australian colonial history. Convict James Porter and nine others managed to steal a newly built ship and sail it all the way to South America in one of the most daring and audacious escapes in convict history. It is amazing th...

  • Kate
    Dec 31, 2018

    This was a fascinating read. My first thought upon completion was, 'truth really can be stranger than fiction!' This extraordinary account of larrikin, convict James Porter and what could possibly be the nicest mutiny in history, is one that all Aussies (and anyone with an intere...

    A cracking tale of adventure that reads like a tall story yet it's all true! Vivid, entertaining history. Who knew of this pint-sized larrikan of a Tasmanian convict who just wouldn't lie down and behave? Apparently many people, but not me! Cockney convict and former sailor, James Port...

    A compelling, page -turning history with all the best ingredients: a likeable rogue at centre stage and an against-the-odds escape from a lifetime of misery for an unlikely alliance of Australian convicts in the 1800s. The storylines of history based on English convict James Porter ext...

    There is nothing like a rollicking good tale where the underdog triumphs over the top dog, not to mention great escapes and characters both ingenious and deeply flawed. Adam Courtenay's book is reminiscent of a Dickens novel, except in this case, it happens to be true. In 1823, Jame...

    I loved this book - a real cover to cover read. It's part history, part boys own adventure - with many rascals and even more twists and turns. A rollicking, adventurous ride through a piece of little known (to me anyway) Australian colonial and maritime history. I know it it i...

    Review to come on my blog but an intriguing story and part of Australian history I had not previously known about, amongst many others, and highlighted many gaps in convict history that are sometimes left out of lessons. ...

    Excellent true sort of convict escape . This extraordinary escape and journey to South America surely should be well known but this is the first I?d heard of it!! Well researched and documented story. Loved it. ...

    This is a fascinating account of a little known episode in Australian colonial history. Convict James Porter and nine others managed to steal a newly built ship and sail it all the way to South America in one of the most daring and audacious escapes in convict history. It is amazing th...

    As it says in the afterward: be warned because "this little bastard will get under your skin." The story of James Porter, convict and escape artist in 19th century Tasmania, was one I had never heard before and it was unbelievably fascinating. And while Porter was undoubtedly a cri...

    Thank goodness a story as astonishing as this, has been preserved via this worthy book. What a tragedy if the tale of these men was lost or overlooked. As with most extensively researched and documented histories, a clear and reflective perspective is only arrived at in the final chapt...

    "...the entertaining and rollicking story of what is surely the greatest escape in Australian colonial history." (From the blurb of the audio version) Honestly, I'm a little surprised at how many glowing reviews this book has received. The story was somewhat interesting (based on tr...

    Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book - even though I knew the story as I saw the play in Strahan just after it started, when I was living in Tasmania for five years (93 to 97). This book is a very easy read and I read it quickly. It inspired me to read 'The Botanist's Daughter' when I ...

    It is hard to believe that this actually happened - that these men survived the horrors of convict life in Australia of the 1820s - 1830s. Our history really is filled with amazing stories of ordinary (and not so ordinary) people. At different times, I looked on James Porter as a har...

    James Porter was a convict who once had two choices: a) toe the line and eventually be released or b) escape prison. In Adam Courtenay?s The Ship That Never Was we learn about how Porter took option number two. Courtenay?s tome is an engaging look at history that leaves readers ove...

    This was a fascinating and gripping page-turner. I'm not normally into Australian history but the author brings the characters and their failures and triumphs to life which really drew me in and kept me there. Also, my 13 year old nephew who rarely reads also loved it, which is a more ...

    a somewhat harrowing account of prisoners in Tasmania and the constant efforts of James Porter to escape. ...

    A great rollicking read mixing fictional with non-fictional elements. The story of James Porter will go on and on. A great read ...

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  • Hmy
    Aug 26, 2018

    This was a fascinating read. My first thought upon completion was, 'truth really can be stranger than fiction!' This extraordinary account of larrikin, convict James Porter and what could possibly be the nicest mutiny in history, is one that all Aussies (and anyone with an intere...

    A cracking tale of adventure that reads like a tall story yet it's all true! Vivid, entertaining history. Who knew of this pint-sized larrikan of a Tasmanian convict who just wouldn't lie down and behave? Apparently many people, but not me! Cockney convict and former sailor, James Port...

    A compelling, page -turning history with all the best ingredients: a likeable rogue at centre stage and an against-the-odds escape from a lifetime of misery for an unlikely alliance of Australian convicts in the 1800s. The storylines of history based on English convict James Porter ext...

    There is nothing like a rollicking good tale where the underdog triumphs over the top dog, not to mention great escapes and characters both ingenious and deeply flawed. Adam Courtenay's book is reminiscent of a Dickens novel, except in this case, it happens to be true. In 1823, Jame...

    I loved this book - a real cover to cover read. It's part history, part boys own adventure - with many rascals and even more twists and turns. A rollicking, adventurous ride through a piece of little known (to me anyway) Australian colonial and maritime history. I know it it i...

    Review to come on my blog but an intriguing story and part of Australian history I had not previously known about, amongst many others, and highlighted many gaps in convict history that are sometimes left out of lessons. ...

    Excellent true sort of convict escape . This extraordinary escape and journey to South America surely should be well known but this is the first I?d heard of it!! Well researched and documented story. Loved it. ...

    This is a fascinating account of a little known episode in Australian colonial history. Convict James Porter and nine others managed to steal a newly built ship and sail it all the way to South America in one of the most daring and audacious escapes in convict history. It is amazing th...

    As it says in the afterward: be warned because "this little bastard will get under your skin." The story of James Porter, convict and escape artist in 19th century Tasmania, was one I had never heard before and it was unbelievably fascinating. And while Porter was undoubtedly a cri...

    Thank goodness a story as astonishing as this, has been preserved via this worthy book. What a tragedy if the tale of these men was lost or overlooked. As with most extensively researched and documented histories, a clear and reflective perspective is only arrived at in the final chapt...

    "...the entertaining and rollicking story of what is surely the greatest escape in Australian colonial history." (From the blurb of the audio version) Honestly, I'm a little surprised at how many glowing reviews this book has received. The story was somewhat interesting (based on tr...

    Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book - even though I knew the story as I saw the play in Strahan just after it started, when I was living in Tasmania for five years (93 to 97). This book is a very easy read and I read it quickly. It inspired me to read 'The Botanist's Daughter' when I ...

    It is hard to believe that this actually happened - that these men survived the horrors of convict life in Australia of the 1820s - 1830s. Our history really is filled with amazing stories of ordinary (and not so ordinary) people. At different times, I looked on James Porter as a har...

    James Porter was a convict who once had two choices: a) toe the line and eventually be released or b) escape prison. In Adam Courtenay?s The Ship That Never Was we learn about how Porter took option number two. Courtenay?s tome is an engaging look at history that leaves readers ove...

    This was a fascinating and gripping page-turner. I'm not normally into Australian history but the author brings the characters and their failures and triumphs to life which really drew me in and kept me there. Also, my 13 year old nephew who rarely reads also loved it, which is a more ...

    a somewhat harrowing account of prisoners in Tasmania and the constant efforts of James Porter to escape. ...

  • Vanessa Largie
    Jun 23, 2018

    This was a fascinating read. My first thought upon completion was, 'truth really can be stranger than fiction!' This extraordinary account of larrikin, convict James Porter and what could possibly be the nicest mutiny in history, is one that all Aussies (and anyone with an intere...

    A cracking tale of adventure that reads like a tall story yet it's all true! Vivid, entertaining history. Who knew of this pint-sized larrikan of a Tasmanian convict who just wouldn't lie down and behave? Apparently many people, but not me! Cockney convict and former sailor, James Port...

    A compelling, page -turning history with all the best ingredients: a likeable rogue at centre stage and an against-the-odds escape from a lifetime of misery for an unlikely alliance of Australian convicts in the 1800s. The storylines of history based on English convict James Porter ext...

    There is nothing like a rollicking good tale where the underdog triumphs over the top dog, not to mention great escapes and characters both ingenious and deeply flawed. Adam Courtenay's book is reminiscent of a Dickens novel, except in this case, it happens to be true. In 1823, Jame...

    I loved this book - a real cover to cover read. It's part history, part boys own adventure - with many rascals and even more twists and turns. A rollicking, adventurous ride through a piece of little known (to me anyway) Australian colonial and maritime history. I know it it i...

    Review to come on my blog but an intriguing story and part of Australian history I had not previously known about, amongst many others, and highlighted many gaps in convict history that are sometimes left out of lessons. ...

    Excellent true sort of convict escape . This extraordinary escape and journey to South America surely should be well known but this is the first I?d heard of it!! Well researched and documented story. Loved it. ...

    This is a fascinating account of a little known episode in Australian colonial history. Convict James Porter and nine others managed to steal a newly built ship and sail it all the way to South America in one of the most daring and audacious escapes in convict history. It is amazing th...

    As it says in the afterward: be warned because "this little bastard will get under your skin." The story of James Porter, convict and escape artist in 19th century Tasmania, was one I had never heard before and it was unbelievably fascinating. And while Porter was undoubtedly a cri...

    Thank goodness a story as astonishing as this, has been preserved via this worthy book. What a tragedy if the tale of these men was lost or overlooked. As with most extensively researched and documented histories, a clear and reflective perspective is only arrived at in the final chapt...

    "...the entertaining and rollicking story of what is surely the greatest escape in Australian colonial history." (From the blurb of the audio version) Honestly, I'm a little surprised at how many glowing reviews this book has received. The story was somewhat interesting (based on tr...

    Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book - even though I knew the story as I saw the play in Strahan just after it started, when I was living in Tasmania for five years (93 to 97). This book is a very easy read and I read it quickly. It inspired me to read 'The Botanist's Daughter' when I ...

    It is hard to believe that this actually happened - that these men survived the horrors of convict life in Australia of the 1820s - 1830s. Our history really is filled with amazing stories of ordinary (and not so ordinary) people. At different times, I looked on James Porter as a har...

    James Porter was a convict who once had two choices: a) toe the line and eventually be released or b) escape prison. In Adam Courtenay?s The Ship That Never Was we learn about how Porter took option number two. Courtenay?s tome is an engaging look at history that leaves readers ove...

    This was a fascinating and gripping page-turner. I'm not normally into Australian history but the author brings the characters and their failures and triumphs to life which really drew me in and kept me there. Also, my 13 year old nephew who rarely reads also loved it, which is a more ...

    a somewhat harrowing account of prisoners in Tasmania and the constant efforts of James Porter to escape. ...

    A great rollicking read mixing fictional with non-fictional elements. The story of James Porter will go on and on. A great read ...

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  • Lee Donnet
    Jul 06, 2018

    This was a fascinating read. My first thought upon completion was, 'truth really can be stranger than fiction!' This extraordinary account of larrikin, convict James Porter and what could possibly be the nicest mutiny in history, is one that all Aussies (and anyone with an intere...

    A cracking tale of adventure that reads like a tall story yet it's all true! Vivid, entertaining history. Who knew of this pint-sized larrikan of a Tasmanian convict who just wouldn't lie down and behave? Apparently many people, but not me! Cockney convict and former sailor, James Port...

    A compelling, page -turning history with all the best ingredients: a likeable rogue at centre stage and an against-the-odds escape from a lifetime of misery for an unlikely alliance of Australian convicts in the 1800s. The storylines of history based on English convict James Porter ext...

    There is nothing like a rollicking good tale where the underdog triumphs over the top dog, not to mention great escapes and characters both ingenious and deeply flawed. Adam Courtenay's book is reminiscent of a Dickens novel, except in this case, it happens to be true. In 1823, Jame...

    I loved this book - a real cover to cover read. It's part history, part boys own adventure - with many rascals and even more twists and turns. A rollicking, adventurous ride through a piece of little known (to me anyway) Australian colonial and maritime history. I know it it i...

    Review to come on my blog but an intriguing story and part of Australian history I had not previously known about, amongst many others, and highlighted many gaps in convict history that are sometimes left out of lessons. ...

    Excellent true sort of convict escape . This extraordinary escape and journey to South America surely should be well known but this is the first I?d heard of it!! Well researched and documented story. Loved it. ...

    This is a fascinating account of a little known episode in Australian colonial history. Convict James Porter and nine others managed to steal a newly built ship and sail it all the way to South America in one of the most daring and audacious escapes in convict history. It is amazing th...

    As it says in the afterward: be warned because "this little bastard will get under your skin." The story of James Porter, convict and escape artist in 19th century Tasmania, was one I had never heard before and it was unbelievably fascinating. And while Porter was undoubtedly a cri...

    Thank goodness a story as astonishing as this, has been preserved via this worthy book. What a tragedy if the tale of these men was lost or overlooked. As with most extensively researched and documented histories, a clear and reflective perspective is only arrived at in the final chapt...

    "...the entertaining and rollicking story of what is surely the greatest escape in Australian colonial history." (From the blurb of the audio version) Honestly, I'm a little surprised at how many glowing reviews this book has received. The story was somewhat interesting (based on tr...

    Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book - even though I knew the story as I saw the play in Strahan just after it started, when I was living in Tasmania for five years (93 to 97). This book is a very easy read and I read it quickly. It inspired me to read 'The Botanist's Daughter' when I ...

    It is hard to believe that this actually happened - that these men survived the horrors of convict life in Australia of the 1820s - 1830s. Our history really is filled with amazing stories of ordinary (and not so ordinary) people. At different times, I looked on James Porter as a har...

    James Porter was a convict who once had two choices: a) toe the line and eventually be released or b) escape prison. In Adam Courtenay?s The Ship That Never Was we learn about how Porter took option number two. Courtenay?s tome is an engaging look at history that leaves readers ove...

    This was a fascinating and gripping page-turner. I'm not normally into Australian history but the author brings the characters and their failures and triumphs to life which really drew me in and kept me there. Also, my 13 year old nephew who rarely reads also loved it, which is a more ...

    a somewhat harrowing account of prisoners in Tasmania and the constant efforts of James Porter to escape. ...

    A great rollicking read mixing fictional with non-fictional elements. The story of James Porter will go on and on. A great read ...

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  • Jake
    Jun 05, 2018

    This was a fascinating read. My first thought upon completion was, 'truth really can be stranger than fiction!' This extraordinary account of larrikin, convict James Porter and what could possibly be the nicest mutiny in history, is one that all Aussies (and anyone with an intere...

    A cracking tale of adventure that reads like a tall story yet it's all true! Vivid, entertaining history. Who knew of this pint-sized larrikan of a Tasmanian convict who just wouldn't lie down and behave? Apparently many people, but not me! Cockney convict and former sailor, James Port...

    A compelling, page -turning history with all the best ingredients: a likeable rogue at centre stage and an against-the-odds escape from a lifetime of misery for an unlikely alliance of Australian convicts in the 1800s. The storylines of history based on English convict James Porter ext...

    There is nothing like a rollicking good tale where the underdog triumphs over the top dog, not to mention great escapes and characters both ingenious and deeply flawed. Adam Courtenay's book is reminiscent of a Dickens novel, except in this case, it happens to be true. In 1823, Jame...

    I loved this book - a real cover to cover read. It's part history, part boys own adventure - with many rascals and even more twists and turns. A rollicking, adventurous ride through a piece of little known (to me anyway) Australian colonial and maritime history. I know it it i...

    Review to come on my blog but an intriguing story and part of Australian history I had not previously known about, amongst many others, and highlighted many gaps in convict history that are sometimes left out of lessons. ...

    Excellent true sort of convict escape . This extraordinary escape and journey to South America surely should be well known but this is the first I?d heard of it!! Well researched and documented story. Loved it. ...

    This is a fascinating account of a little known episode in Australian colonial history. Convict James Porter and nine others managed to steal a newly built ship and sail it all the way to South America in one of the most daring and audacious escapes in convict history. It is amazing th...

    As it says in the afterward: be warned because "this little bastard will get under your skin." The story of James Porter, convict and escape artist in 19th century Tasmania, was one I had never heard before and it was unbelievably fascinating. And while Porter was undoubtedly a cri...

    Thank goodness a story as astonishing as this, has been preserved via this worthy book. What a tragedy if the tale of these men was lost or overlooked. As with most extensively researched and documented histories, a clear and reflective perspective is only arrived at in the final chapt...

    "...the entertaining and rollicking story of what is surely the greatest escape in Australian colonial history." (From the blurb of the audio version) Honestly, I'm a little surprised at how many glowing reviews this book has received. The story was somewhat interesting (based on tr...

    Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book - even though I knew the story as I saw the play in Strahan just after it started, when I was living in Tasmania for five years (93 to 97). This book is a very easy read and I read it quickly. It inspired me to read 'The Botanist's Daughter' when I ...

    It is hard to believe that this actually happened - that these men survived the horrors of convict life in Australia of the 1820s - 1830s. Our history really is filled with amazing stories of ordinary (and not so ordinary) people. At different times, I looked on James Porter as a har...

    James Porter was a convict who once had two choices: a) toe the line and eventually be released or b) escape prison. In Adam Courtenay?s The Ship That Never Was we learn about how Porter took option number two. Courtenay?s tome is an engaging look at history that leaves readers ove...

    This was a fascinating and gripping page-turner. I'm not normally into Australian history but the author brings the characters and their failures and triumphs to life which really drew me in and kept me there. Also, my 13 year old nephew who rarely reads also loved it, which is a more ...

    a somewhat harrowing account of prisoners in Tasmania and the constant efforts of James Porter to escape. ...

    A great rollicking read mixing fictional with non-fictional elements. The story of James Porter will go on and on. A great read ...

  • Kath Perry
    Jan 29, 2019

    This was a fascinating read. My first thought upon completion was, 'truth really can be stranger than fiction!' This extraordinary account of larrikin, convict James Porter and what could possibly be the nicest mutiny in history, is one that all Aussies (and anyone with an intere...

    A cracking tale of adventure that reads like a tall story yet it's all true! Vivid, entertaining history. Who knew of this pint-sized larrikan of a Tasmanian convict who just wouldn't lie down and behave? Apparently many people, but not me! Cockney convict and former sailor, James Port...

    A compelling, page -turning history with all the best ingredients: a likeable rogue at centre stage and an against-the-odds escape from a lifetime of misery for an unlikely alliance of Australian convicts in the 1800s. The storylines of history based on English convict James Porter ext...

    There is nothing like a rollicking good tale where the underdog triumphs over the top dog, not to mention great escapes and characters both ingenious and deeply flawed. Adam Courtenay's book is reminiscent of a Dickens novel, except in this case, it happens to be true. In 1823, Jame...

    I loved this book - a real cover to cover read. It's part history, part boys own adventure - with many rascals and even more twists and turns. A rollicking, adventurous ride through a piece of little known (to me anyway) Australian colonial and maritime history. I know it it i...

    Review to come on my blog but an intriguing story and part of Australian history I had not previously known about, amongst many others, and highlighted many gaps in convict history that are sometimes left out of lessons. ...

    Excellent true sort of convict escape . This extraordinary escape and journey to South America surely should be well known but this is the first I?d heard of it!! Well researched and documented story. Loved it. ...

    This is a fascinating account of a little known episode in Australian colonial history. Convict James Porter and nine others managed to steal a newly built ship and sail it all the way to South America in one of the most daring and audacious escapes in convict history. It is amazing th...

    As it says in the afterward: be warned because "this little bastard will get under your skin." The story of James Porter, convict and escape artist in 19th century Tasmania, was one I had never heard before and it was unbelievably fascinating. And while Porter was undoubtedly a cri...

    Thank goodness a story as astonishing as this, has been preserved via this worthy book. What a tragedy if the tale of these men was lost or overlooked. As with most extensively researched and documented histories, a clear and reflective perspective is only arrived at in the final chapt...

    "...the entertaining and rollicking story of what is surely the greatest escape in Australian colonial history." (From the blurb of the audio version) Honestly, I'm a little surprised at how many glowing reviews this book has received. The story was somewhat interesting (based on tr...

    Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book - even though I knew the story as I saw the play in Strahan just after it started, when I was living in Tasmania for five years (93 to 97). This book is a very easy read and I read it quickly. It inspired me to read 'The Botanist's Daughter' when I ...

    It is hard to believe that this actually happened - that these men survived the horrors of convict life in Australia of the 1820s - 1830s. Our history really is filled with amazing stories of ordinary (and not so ordinary) people. At different times, I looked on James Porter as a har...

    James Porter was a convict who once had two choices: a) toe the line and eventually be released or b) escape prison. In Adam Courtenay?s The Ship That Never Was we learn about how Porter took option number two. Courtenay?s tome is an engaging look at history that leaves readers ove...

    This was a fascinating and gripping page-turner. I'm not normally into Australian history but the author brings the characters and their failures and triumphs to life which really drew me in and kept me there. Also, my 13 year old nephew who rarely reads also loved it, which is a more ...

    a somewhat harrowing account of prisoners in Tasmania and the constant efforts of James Porter to escape. ...

    A great rollicking read mixing fictional with non-fictional elements. The story of James Porter will go on and on. A great read ...

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  • Jessica
    Jun 04, 2018

    This was a fascinating read. My first thought upon completion was, 'truth really can be stranger than fiction!' This extraordinary account of larrikin, convict James Porter and what could possibly be the nicest mutiny in history, is one that all Aussies (and anyone with an intere...

    A cracking tale of adventure that reads like a tall story yet it's all true! Vivid, entertaining history. Who knew of this pint-sized larrikan of a Tasmanian convict who just wouldn't lie down and behave? Apparently many people, but not me! Cockney convict and former sailor, James Port...

    A compelling, page -turning history with all the best ingredients: a likeable rogue at centre stage and an against-the-odds escape from a lifetime of misery for an unlikely alliance of Australian convicts in the 1800s. The storylines of history based on English convict James Porter ext...

    There is nothing like a rollicking good tale where the underdog triumphs over the top dog, not to mention great escapes and characters both ingenious and deeply flawed. Adam Courtenay's book is reminiscent of a Dickens novel, except in this case, it happens to be true. In 1823, Jame...

    I loved this book - a real cover to cover read. It's part history, part boys own adventure - with many rascals and even more twists and turns. A rollicking, adventurous ride through a piece of little known (to me anyway) Australian colonial and maritime history. I know it it i...

    Review to come on my blog but an intriguing story and part of Australian history I had not previously known about, amongst many others, and highlighted many gaps in convict history that are sometimes left out of lessons. ...

    Excellent true sort of convict escape . This extraordinary escape and journey to South America surely should be well known but this is the first I?d heard of it!! Well researched and documented story. Loved it. ...

  • Anna Kelly
    Jun 04, 2018

    This was a fascinating read. My first thought upon completion was, 'truth really can be stranger than fiction!' This extraordinary account of larrikin, convict James Porter and what could possibly be the nicest mutiny in history, is one that all Aussies (and anyone with an intere...

    A cracking tale of adventure that reads like a tall story yet it's all true! Vivid, entertaining history. Who knew of this pint-sized larrikan of a Tasmanian convict who just wouldn't lie down and behave? Apparently many people, but not me! Cockney convict and former sailor, James Port...

    A compelling, page -turning history with all the best ingredients: a likeable rogue at centre stage and an against-the-odds escape from a lifetime of misery for an unlikely alliance of Australian convicts in the 1800s. The storylines of history based on English convict James Porter ext...

    There is nothing like a rollicking good tale where the underdog triumphs over the top dog, not to mention great escapes and characters both ingenious and deeply flawed. Adam Courtenay's book is reminiscent of a Dickens novel, except in this case, it happens to be true. In 1823, Jame...

    I loved this book - a real cover to cover read. It's part history, part boys own adventure - with many rascals and even more twists and turns. A rollicking, adventurous ride through a piece of little known (to me anyway) Australian colonial and maritime history. I know it it i...

    Review to come on my blog but an intriguing story and part of Australian history I had not previously known about, amongst many others, and highlighted many gaps in convict history that are sometimes left out of lessons. ...

    Excellent true sort of convict escape . This extraordinary escape and journey to South America surely should be well known but this is the first I?d heard of it!! Well researched and documented story. Loved it. ...

    This is a fascinating account of a little known episode in Australian colonial history. Convict James Porter and nine others managed to steal a newly built ship and sail it all the way to South America in one of the most daring and audacious escapes in convict history. It is amazing th...

    As it says in the afterward: be warned because "this little bastard will get under your skin." The story of James Porter, convict and escape artist in 19th century Tasmania, was one I had never heard before and it was unbelievably fascinating. And while Porter was undoubtedly a cri...

  • Janita Knowles
    Feb 21, 2019

    This was a fascinating read. My first thought upon completion was, 'truth really can be stranger than fiction!' This extraordinary account of larrikin, convict James Porter and what could possibly be the nicest mutiny in history, is one that all Aussies (and anyone with an intere...

    A cracking tale of adventure that reads like a tall story yet it's all true! Vivid, entertaining history. Who knew of this pint-sized larrikan of a Tasmanian convict who just wouldn't lie down and behave? Apparently many people, but not me! Cockney convict and former sailor, James Port...

    A compelling, page -turning history with all the best ingredients: a likeable rogue at centre stage and an against-the-odds escape from a lifetime of misery for an unlikely alliance of Australian convicts in the 1800s. The storylines of history based on English convict James Porter ext...

    There is nothing like a rollicking good tale where the underdog triumphs over the top dog, not to mention great escapes and characters both ingenious and deeply flawed. Adam Courtenay's book is reminiscent of a Dickens novel, except in this case, it happens to be true. In 1823, Jame...

    I loved this book - a real cover to cover read. It's part history, part boys own adventure - with many rascals and even more twists and turns. A rollicking, adventurous ride through a piece of little known (to me anyway) Australian colonial and maritime history. I know it it i...

    Review to come on my blog but an intriguing story and part of Australian history I had not previously known about, amongst many others, and highlighted many gaps in convict history that are sometimes left out of lessons. ...

    Excellent true sort of convict escape . This extraordinary escape and journey to South America surely should be well known but this is the first I?d heard of it!! Well researched and documented story. Loved it. ...

    This is a fascinating account of a little known episode in Australian colonial history. Convict James Porter and nine others managed to steal a newly built ship and sail it all the way to South America in one of the most daring and audacious escapes in convict history. It is amazing th...

    As it says in the afterward: be warned because "this little bastard will get under your skin." The story of James Porter, convict and escape artist in 19th century Tasmania, was one I had never heard before and it was unbelievably fascinating. And while Porter was undoubtedly a cri...

    Thank goodness a story as astonishing as this, has been preserved via this worthy book. What a tragedy if the tale of these men was lost or overlooked. As with most extensively researched and documented histories, a clear and reflective perspective is only arrived at in the final chapt...

  • Wafer
    Nov 15, 2018

    This was a fascinating read. My first thought upon completion was, 'truth really can be stranger than fiction!' This extraordinary account of larrikin, convict James Porter and what could possibly be the nicest mutiny in history, is one that all Aussies (and anyone with an intere...

    A cracking tale of adventure that reads like a tall story yet it's all true! Vivid, entertaining history. Who knew of this pint-sized larrikan of a Tasmanian convict who just wouldn't lie down and behave? Apparently many people, but not me! Cockney convict and former sailor, James Port...

    A compelling, page -turning history with all the best ingredients: a likeable rogue at centre stage and an against-the-odds escape from a lifetime of misery for an unlikely alliance of Australian convicts in the 1800s. The storylines of history based on English convict James Porter ext...

    There is nothing like a rollicking good tale where the underdog triumphs over the top dog, not to mention great escapes and characters both ingenious and deeply flawed. Adam Courtenay's book is reminiscent of a Dickens novel, except in this case, it happens to be true. In 1823, Jame...

    I loved this book - a real cover to cover read. It's part history, part boys own adventure - with many rascals and even more twists and turns. A rollicking, adventurous ride through a piece of little known (to me anyway) Australian colonial and maritime history. I know it it i...

    Review to come on my blog but an intriguing story and part of Australian history I had not previously known about, amongst many others, and highlighted many gaps in convict history that are sometimes left out of lessons. ...

    Excellent true sort of convict escape . This extraordinary escape and journey to South America surely should be well known but this is the first I?d heard of it!! Well researched and documented story. Loved it. ...

    This is a fascinating account of a little known episode in Australian colonial history. Convict James Porter and nine others managed to steal a newly built ship and sail it all the way to South America in one of the most daring and audacious escapes in convict history. It is amazing th...

    As it says in the afterward: be warned because "this little bastard will get under your skin." The story of James Porter, convict and escape artist in 19th century Tasmania, was one I had never heard before and it was unbelievably fascinating. And while Porter was undoubtedly a cri...

    Thank goodness a story as astonishing as this, has been preserved via this worthy book. What a tragedy if the tale of these men was lost or overlooked. As with most extensively researched and documented histories, a clear and reflective perspective is only arrived at in the final chapt...

    "...the entertaining and rollicking story of what is surely the greatest escape in Australian colonial history." (From the blurb of the audio version) Honestly, I'm a little surprised at how many glowing reviews this book has received. The story was somewhat interesting (based on tr...

    Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book - even though I knew the story as I saw the play in Strahan just after it started, when I was living in Tasmania for five years (93 to 97). This book is a very easy read and I read it quickly. It inspired me to read 'The Botanist's Daughter' when I ...

    It is hard to believe that this actually happened - that these men survived the horrors of convict life in Australia of the 1820s - 1830s. Our history really is filled with amazing stories of ordinary (and not so ordinary) people. At different times, I looked on James Porter as a har...

    James Porter was a convict who once had two choices: a) toe the line and eventually be released or b) escape prison. In Adam Courtenay?s The Ship That Never Was we learn about how Porter took option number two. Courtenay?s tome is an engaging look at history that leaves readers ove...

    This was a fascinating and gripping page-turner. I'm not normally into Australian history but the author brings the characters and their failures and triumphs to life which really drew me in and kept me there. Also, my 13 year old nephew who rarely reads also loved it, which is a more ...

    a somewhat harrowing account of prisoners in Tasmania and the constant efforts of James Porter to escape. ...

    A great rollicking read mixing fictional with non-fictional elements. The story of James Porter will go on and on. A great read ...

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  • Carol Jones
    Sep 20, 2018

    This was a fascinating read. My first thought upon completion was, 'truth really can be stranger than fiction!' This extraordinary account of larrikin, convict James Porter and what could possibly be the nicest mutiny in history, is one that all Aussies (and anyone with an intere...

    A cracking tale of adventure that reads like a tall story yet it's all true! Vivid, entertaining history. Who knew of this pint-sized larrikan of a Tasmanian convict who just wouldn't lie down and behave? Apparently many people, but not me! Cockney convict and former sailor, James Port...

  • Aspiring Scribbler
    Oct 14, 2018

    This was a fascinating read. My first thought upon completion was, 'truth really can be stranger than fiction!' This extraordinary account of larrikin, convict James Porter and what could possibly be the nicest mutiny in history, is one that all Aussies (and anyone with an intere...

    A cracking tale of adventure that reads like a tall story yet it's all true! Vivid, entertaining history. Who knew of this pint-sized larrikan of a Tasmanian convict who just wouldn't lie down and behave? Apparently many people, but not me! Cockney convict and former sailor, James Port...

    A compelling, page -turning history with all the best ingredients: a likeable rogue at centre stage and an against-the-odds escape from a lifetime of misery for an unlikely alliance of Australian convicts in the 1800s. The storylines of history based on English convict James Porter ext...

    There is nothing like a rollicking good tale where the underdog triumphs over the top dog, not to mention great escapes and characters both ingenious and deeply flawed. Adam Courtenay's book is reminiscent of a Dickens novel, except in this case, it happens to be true. In 1823, Jame...

    I loved this book - a real cover to cover read. It's part history, part boys own adventure - with many rascals and even more twists and turns. A rollicking, adventurous ride through a piece of little known (to me anyway) Australian colonial and maritime history. I know it it i...

    Review to come on my blog but an intriguing story and part of Australian history I had not previously known about, amongst many others, and highlighted many gaps in convict history that are sometimes left out of lessons. ...

    Excellent true sort of convict escape . This extraordinary escape and journey to South America surely should be well known but this is the first I?d heard of it!! Well researched and documented story. Loved it. ...

    This is a fascinating account of a little known episode in Australian colonial history. Convict James Porter and nine others managed to steal a newly built ship and sail it all the way to South America in one of the most daring and audacious escapes in convict history. It is amazing th...

    As it says in the afterward: be warned because "this little bastard will get under your skin." The story of James Porter, convict and escape artist in 19th century Tasmania, was one I had never heard before and it was unbelievably fascinating. And while Porter was undoubtedly a cri...

    Thank goodness a story as astonishing as this, has been preserved via this worthy book. What a tragedy if the tale of these men was lost or overlooked. As with most extensively researched and documented histories, a clear and reflective perspective is only arrived at in the final chapt...

    "...the entertaining and rollicking story of what is surely the greatest escape in Australian colonial history." (From the blurb of the audio version) Honestly, I'm a little surprised at how many glowing reviews this book has received. The story was somewhat interesting (based on tr...

  • Natalie  S
    Feb 05, 2019

    This was a fascinating read. My first thought upon completion was, 'truth really can be stranger than fiction!' This extraordinary account of larrikin, convict James Porter and what could possibly be the nicest mutiny in history, is one that all Aussies (and anyone with an intere...

    A cracking tale of adventure that reads like a tall story yet it's all true! Vivid, entertaining history. Who knew of this pint-sized larrikan of a Tasmanian convict who just wouldn't lie down and behave? Apparently many people, but not me! Cockney convict and former sailor, James Port...

    A compelling, page -turning history with all the best ingredients: a likeable rogue at centre stage and an against-the-odds escape from a lifetime of misery for an unlikely alliance of Australian convicts in the 1800s. The storylines of history based on English convict James Porter ext...

    There is nothing like a rollicking good tale where the underdog triumphs over the top dog, not to mention great escapes and characters both ingenious and deeply flawed. Adam Courtenay's book is reminiscent of a Dickens novel, except in this case, it happens to be true. In 1823, Jame...

    I loved this book - a real cover to cover read. It's part history, part boys own adventure - with many rascals and even more twists and turns. A rollicking, adventurous ride through a piece of little known (to me anyway) Australian colonial and maritime history. I know it it i...

    Review to come on my blog but an intriguing story and part of Australian history I had not previously known about, amongst many others, and highlighted many gaps in convict history that are sometimes left out of lessons. ...

    Excellent true sort of convict escape . This extraordinary escape and journey to South America surely should be well known but this is the first I?d heard of it!! Well researched and documented story. Loved it. ...

    This is a fascinating account of a little known episode in Australian colonial history. Convict James Porter and nine others managed to steal a newly built ship and sail it all the way to South America in one of the most daring and audacious escapes in convict history. It is amazing th...

    As it says in the afterward: be warned because "this little bastard will get under your skin." The story of James Porter, convict and escape artist in 19th century Tasmania, was one I had never heard before and it was unbelievably fascinating. And while Porter was undoubtedly a cri...

    Thank goodness a story as astonishing as this, has been preserved via this worthy book. What a tragedy if the tale of these men was lost or overlooked. As with most extensively researched and documented histories, a clear and reflective perspective is only arrived at in the final chapt...

    "...the entertaining and rollicking story of what is surely the greatest escape in Australian colonial history." (From the blurb of the audio version) Honestly, I'm a little surprised at how many glowing reviews this book has received. The story was somewhat interesting (based on tr...

    Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book - even though I knew the story as I saw the play in Strahan just after it started, when I was living in Tasmania for five years (93 to 97). This book is a very easy read and I read it quickly. It inspired me to read 'The Botanist's Daughter' when I ...

    It is hard to believe that this actually happened - that these men survived the horrors of convict life in Australia of the 1820s - 1830s. Our history really is filled with amazing stories of ordinary (and not so ordinary) people. At different times, I looked on James Porter as a har...

    James Porter was a convict who once had two choices: a) toe the line and eventually be released or b) escape prison. In Adam Courtenay?s The Ship That Never Was we learn about how Porter took option number two. Courtenay?s tome is an engaging look at history that leaves readers ove...

  • Doug Saunders
    Sep 06, 2018

    This was a fascinating read. My first thought upon completion was, 'truth really can be stranger than fiction!' This extraordinary account of larrikin, convict James Porter and what could possibly be the nicest mutiny in history, is one that all Aussies (and anyone with an intere...

    A cracking tale of adventure that reads like a tall story yet it's all true! Vivid, entertaining history. Who knew of this pint-sized larrikan of a Tasmanian convict who just wouldn't lie down and behave? Apparently many people, but not me! Cockney convict and former sailor, James Port...

    A compelling, page -turning history with all the best ingredients: a likeable rogue at centre stage and an against-the-odds escape from a lifetime of misery for an unlikely alliance of Australian convicts in the 1800s. The storylines of history based on English convict James Porter ext...

    There is nothing like a rollicking good tale where the underdog triumphs over the top dog, not to mention great escapes and characters both ingenious and deeply flawed. Adam Courtenay's book is reminiscent of a Dickens novel, except in this case, it happens to be true. In 1823, Jame...

    I loved this book - a real cover to cover read. It's part history, part boys own adventure - with many rascals and even more twists and turns. A rollicking, adventurous ride through a piece of little known (to me anyway) Australian colonial and maritime history. I know it it i...

    Review to come on my blog but an intriguing story and part of Australian history I had not previously known about, amongst many others, and highlighted many gaps in convict history that are sometimes left out of lessons. ...

    Excellent true sort of convict escape . This extraordinary escape and journey to South America surely should be well known but this is the first I?d heard of it!! Well researched and documented story. Loved it. ...

    This is a fascinating account of a little known episode in Australian colonial history. Convict James Porter and nine others managed to steal a newly built ship and sail it all the way to South America in one of the most daring and audacious escapes in convict history. It is amazing th...

    As it says in the afterward: be warned because "this little bastard will get under your skin." The story of James Porter, convict and escape artist in 19th century Tasmania, was one I had never heard before and it was unbelievably fascinating. And while Porter was undoubtedly a cri...

    Thank goodness a story as astonishing as this, has been preserved via this worthy book. What a tragedy if the tale of these men was lost or overlooked. As with most extensively researched and documented histories, a clear and reflective perspective is only arrived at in the final chapt...

    "...the entertaining and rollicking story of what is surely the greatest escape in Australian colonial history." (From the blurb of the audio version) Honestly, I'm a little surprised at how many glowing reviews this book has received. The story was somewhat interesting (based on tr...

    Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book - even though I knew the story as I saw the play in Strahan just after it started, when I was living in Tasmania for five years (93 to 97). This book is a very easy read and I read it quickly. It inspired me to read 'The Botanist's Daughter' when I ...

    It is hard to believe that this actually happened - that these men survived the horrors of convict life in Australia of the 1820s - 1830s. Our history really is filled with amazing stories of ordinary (and not so ordinary) people. At different times, I looked on James Porter as a har...

    James Porter was a convict who once had two choices: a) toe the line and eventually be released or b) escape prison. In Adam Courtenay?s The Ship That Never Was we learn about how Porter took option number two. Courtenay?s tome is an engaging look at history that leaves readers ove...

    This was a fascinating and gripping page-turner. I'm not normally into Australian history but the author brings the characters and their failures and triumphs to life which really drew me in and kept me there. Also, my 13 year old nephew who rarely reads also loved it, which is a more ...

    a somewhat harrowing account of prisoners in Tasmania and the constant efforts of James Porter to escape. ...

    A great rollicking read mixing fictional with non-fictional elements. The story of James Porter will go on and on. A great read ...

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  • Shae
    Jul 27, 2018

    This was a fascinating read. My first thought upon completion was, 'truth really can be stranger than fiction!' This extraordinary account of larrikin, convict James Porter and what could possibly be the nicest mutiny in history, is one that all Aussies (and anyone with an intere...

  • Goronwy Price
    Jul 12, 2018

    This was a fascinating read. My first thought upon completion was, 'truth really can be stranger than fiction!' This extraordinary account of larrikin, convict James Porter and what could possibly be the nicest mutiny in history, is one that all Aussies (and anyone with an intere...

    A cracking tale of adventure that reads like a tall story yet it's all true! Vivid, entertaining history. Who knew of this pint-sized larrikan of a Tasmanian convict who just wouldn't lie down and behave? Apparently many people, but not me! Cockney convict and former sailor, James Port...

    A compelling, page -turning history with all the best ingredients: a likeable rogue at centre stage and an against-the-odds escape from a lifetime of misery for an unlikely alliance of Australian convicts in the 1800s. The storylines of history based on English convict James Porter ext...

    There is nothing like a rollicking good tale where the underdog triumphs over the top dog, not to mention great escapes and characters both ingenious and deeply flawed. Adam Courtenay's book is reminiscent of a Dickens novel, except in this case, it happens to be true. In 1823, Jame...

    I loved this book - a real cover to cover read. It's part history, part boys own adventure - with many rascals and even more twists and turns. A rollicking, adventurous ride through a piece of little known (to me anyway) Australian colonial and maritime history. I know it it i...

    Review to come on my blog but an intriguing story and part of Australian history I had not previously known about, amongst many others, and highlighted many gaps in convict history that are sometimes left out of lessons. ...

    Excellent true sort of convict escape . This extraordinary escape and journey to South America surely should be well known but this is the first I?d heard of it!! Well researched and documented story. Loved it. ...

    This is a fascinating account of a little known episode in Australian colonial history. Convict James Porter and nine others managed to steal a newly built ship and sail it all the way to South America in one of the most daring and audacious escapes in convict history. It is amazing th...

    As it says in the afterward: be warned because "this little bastard will get under your skin." The story of James Porter, convict and escape artist in 19th century Tasmania, was one I had never heard before and it was unbelievably fascinating. And while Porter was undoubtedly a cri...

    Thank goodness a story as astonishing as this, has been preserved via this worthy book. What a tragedy if the tale of these men was lost or overlooked. As with most extensively researched and documented histories, a clear and reflective perspective is only arrived at in the final chapt...

    "...the entertaining and rollicking story of what is surely the greatest escape in Australian colonial history." (From the blurb of the audio version) Honestly, I'm a little surprised at how many glowing reviews this book has received. The story was somewhat interesting (based on tr...

    Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book - even though I knew the story as I saw the play in Strahan just after it started, when I was living in Tasmania for five years (93 to 97). This book is a very easy read and I read it quickly. It inspired me to read 'The Botanist's Daughter' when I ...

    It is hard to believe that this actually happened - that these men survived the horrors of convict life in Australia of the 1820s - 1830s. Our history really is filled with amazing stories of ordinary (and not so ordinary) people. At different times, I looked on James Porter as a har...

    James Porter was a convict who once had two choices: a) toe the line and eventually be released or b) escape prison. In Adam Courtenay?s The Ship That Never Was we learn about how Porter took option number two. Courtenay?s tome is an engaging look at history that leaves readers ove...

    This was a fascinating and gripping page-turner. I'm not normally into Australian history but the author brings the characters and their failures and triumphs to life which really drew me in and kept me there. Also, my 13 year old nephew who rarely reads also loved it, which is a more ...

    a somewhat harrowing account of prisoners in Tasmania and the constant efforts of James Porter to escape. ...

    A great rollicking read mixing fictional with non-fictional elements. The story of James Porter will go on and on. A great read ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Meredith Jaffe
    Jul 24, 2018

    This was a fascinating read. My first thought upon completion was, 'truth really can be stranger than fiction!' This extraordinary account of larrikin, convict James Porter and what could possibly be the nicest mutiny in history, is one that all Aussies (and anyone with an intere...

    A cracking tale of adventure that reads like a tall story yet it's all true! Vivid, entertaining history. Who knew of this pint-sized larrikan of a Tasmanian convict who just wouldn't lie down and behave? Apparently many people, but not me! Cockney convict and former sailor, James Port...

    A compelling, page -turning history with all the best ingredients: a likeable rogue at centre stage and an against-the-odds escape from a lifetime of misery for an unlikely alliance of Australian convicts in the 1800s. The storylines of history based on English convict James Porter ext...

    There is nothing like a rollicking good tale where the underdog triumphs over the top dog, not to mention great escapes and characters both ingenious and deeply flawed. Adam Courtenay's book is reminiscent of a Dickens novel, except in this case, it happens to be true. In 1823, Jame...

  • Kevin Johnstone
    Jun 22, 2018

    This was a fascinating read. My first thought upon completion was, 'truth really can be stranger than fiction!' This extraordinary account of larrikin, convict James Porter and what could possibly be the nicest mutiny in history, is one that all Aussies (and anyone with an intere...

    A cracking tale of adventure that reads like a tall story yet it's all true! Vivid, entertaining history. Who knew of this pint-sized larrikan of a Tasmanian convict who just wouldn't lie down and behave? Apparently many people, but not me! Cockney convict and former sailor, James Port...

    A compelling, page -turning history with all the best ingredients: a likeable rogue at centre stage and an against-the-odds escape from a lifetime of misery for an unlikely alliance of Australian convicts in the 1800s. The storylines of history based on English convict James Porter ext...

    There is nothing like a rollicking good tale where the underdog triumphs over the top dog, not to mention great escapes and characters both ingenious and deeply flawed. Adam Courtenay's book is reminiscent of a Dickens novel, except in this case, it happens to be true. In 1823, Jame...

    I loved this book - a real cover to cover read. It's part history, part boys own adventure - with many rascals and even more twists and turns. A rollicking, adventurous ride through a piece of little known (to me anyway) Australian colonial and maritime history. I know it it i...

    Review to come on my blog but an intriguing story and part of Australian history I had not previously known about, amongst many others, and highlighted many gaps in convict history that are sometimes left out of lessons. ...

    Excellent true sort of convict escape . This extraordinary escape and journey to South America surely should be well known but this is the first I?d heard of it!! Well researched and documented story. Loved it. ...

    This is a fascinating account of a little known episode in Australian colonial history. Convict James Porter and nine others managed to steal a newly built ship and sail it all the way to South America in one of the most daring and audacious escapes in convict history. It is amazing th...

    As it says in the afterward: be warned because "this little bastard will get under your skin." The story of James Porter, convict and escape artist in 19th century Tasmania, was one I had never heard before and it was unbelievably fascinating. And while Porter was undoubtedly a cri...

    Thank goodness a story as astonishing as this, has been preserved via this worthy book. What a tragedy if the tale of these men was lost or overlooked. As with most extensively researched and documented histories, a clear and reflective perspective is only arrived at in the final chapt...

    "...the entertaining and rollicking story of what is surely the greatest escape in Australian colonial history." (From the blurb of the audio version) Honestly, I'm a little surprised at how many glowing reviews this book has received. The story was somewhat interesting (based on tr...

    Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book - even though I knew the story as I saw the play in Strahan just after it started, when I was living in Tasmania for five years (93 to 97). This book is a very easy read and I read it quickly. It inspired me to read 'The Botanist's Daughter' when I ...

    It is hard to believe that this actually happened - that these men survived the horrors of convict life in Australia of the 1820s - 1830s. Our history really is filled with amazing stories of ordinary (and not so ordinary) people. At different times, I looked on James Porter as a har...

    James Porter was a convict who once had two choices: a) toe the line and eventually be released or b) escape prison. In Adam Courtenay?s The Ship That Never Was we learn about how Porter took option number two. Courtenay?s tome is an engaging look at history that leaves readers ove...

    This was a fascinating and gripping page-turner. I'm not normally into Australian history but the author brings the characters and their failures and triumphs to life which really drew me in and kept me there. Also, my 13 year old nephew who rarely reads also loved it, which is a more ...

    a somewhat harrowing account of prisoners in Tasmania and the constant efforts of James Porter to escape. ...

    A great rollicking read mixing fictional with non-fictional elements. The story of James Porter will go on and on. A great read ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • neil gordon mckilligan
    Jun 18, 2018

    This was a fascinating read. My first thought upon completion was, 'truth really can be stranger than fiction!' This extraordinary account of larrikin, convict James Porter and what could possibly be the nicest mutiny in history, is one that all Aussies (and anyone with an intere...

    A cracking tale of adventure that reads like a tall story yet it's all true! Vivid, entertaining history. Who knew of this pint-sized larrikan of a Tasmanian convict who just wouldn't lie down and behave? Apparently many people, but not me! Cockney convict and former sailor, James Port...

    A compelling, page -turning history with all the best ingredients: a likeable rogue at centre stage and an against-the-odds escape from a lifetime of misery for an unlikely alliance of Australian convicts in the 1800s. The storylines of history based on English convict James Porter ext...

    There is nothing like a rollicking good tale where the underdog triumphs over the top dog, not to mention great escapes and characters both ingenious and deeply flawed. Adam Courtenay's book is reminiscent of a Dickens novel, except in this case, it happens to be true. In 1823, Jame...

    I loved this book - a real cover to cover read. It's part history, part boys own adventure - with many rascals and even more twists and turns. A rollicking, adventurous ride through a piece of little known (to me anyway) Australian colonial and maritime history. I know it it i...

    Review to come on my blog but an intriguing story and part of Australian history I had not previously known about, amongst many others, and highlighted many gaps in convict history that are sometimes left out of lessons. ...

    Excellent true sort of convict escape . This extraordinary escape and journey to South America surely should be well known but this is the first I?d heard of it!! Well researched and documented story. Loved it. ...

    This is a fascinating account of a little known episode in Australian colonial history. Convict James Porter and nine others managed to steal a newly built ship and sail it all the way to South America in one of the most daring and audacious escapes in convict history. It is amazing th...

    As it says in the afterward: be warned because "this little bastard will get under your skin." The story of James Porter, convict and escape artist in 19th century Tasmania, was one I had never heard before and it was unbelievably fascinating. And while Porter was undoubtedly a cri...

    Thank goodness a story as astonishing as this, has been preserved via this worthy book. What a tragedy if the tale of these men was lost or overlooked. As with most extensively researched and documented histories, a clear and reflective perspective is only arrived at in the final chapt...

    "...the entertaining and rollicking story of what is surely the greatest escape in Australian colonial history." (From the blurb of the audio version) Honestly, I'm a little surprised at how many glowing reviews this book has received. The story was somewhat interesting (based on tr...

    Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book - even though I knew the story as I saw the play in Strahan just after it started, when I was living in Tasmania for five years (93 to 97). This book is a very easy read and I read it quickly. It inspired me to read 'The Botanist's Daughter' when I ...

    It is hard to believe that this actually happened - that these men survived the horrors of convict life in Australia of the 1820s - 1830s. Our history really is filled with amazing stories of ordinary (and not so ordinary) people. At different times, I looked on James Porter as a har...

    James Porter was a convict who once had two choices: a) toe the line and eventually be released or b) escape prison. In Adam Courtenay?s The Ship That Never Was we learn about how Porter took option number two. Courtenay?s tome is an engaging look at history that leaves readers ove...

    This was a fascinating and gripping page-turner. I'm not normally into Australian history but the author brings the characters and their failures and triumphs to life which really drew me in and kept me there. Also, my 13 year old nephew who rarely reads also loved it, which is a more ...

    a somewhat harrowing account of prisoners in Tasmania and the constant efforts of James Porter to escape. ...

    A great rollicking read mixing fictional with non-fictional elements. The story of James Porter will go on and on. A great read ...

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    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • BEVERLEY MCPHAIL
    Feb 04, 2019

    This was a fascinating read. My first thought upon completion was, 'truth really can be stranger than fiction!' This extraordinary account of larrikin, convict James Porter and what could possibly be the nicest mutiny in history, is one that all Aussies (and anyone with an intere...

    A cracking tale of adventure that reads like a tall story yet it's all true! Vivid, entertaining history. Who knew of this pint-sized larrikan of a Tasmanian convict who just wouldn't lie down and behave? Apparently many people, but not me! Cockney convict and former sailor, James Port...

    A compelling, page -turning history with all the best ingredients: a likeable rogue at centre stage and an against-the-odds escape from a lifetime of misery for an unlikely alliance of Australian convicts in the 1800s. The storylines of history based on English convict James Porter ext...

    There is nothing like a rollicking good tale where the underdog triumphs over the top dog, not to mention great escapes and characters both ingenious and deeply flawed. Adam Courtenay's book is reminiscent of a Dickens novel, except in this case, it happens to be true. In 1823, Jame...

    I loved this book - a real cover to cover read. It's part history, part boys own adventure - with many rascals and even more twists and turns. A rollicking, adventurous ride through a piece of little known (to me anyway) Australian colonial and maritime history. I know it it i...

    Review to come on my blog but an intriguing story and part of Australian history I had not previously known about, amongst many others, and highlighted many gaps in convict history that are sometimes left out of lessons. ...

    Excellent true sort of convict escape . This extraordinary escape and journey to South America surely should be well known but this is the first I?d heard of it!! Well researched and documented story. Loved it. ...

    This is a fascinating account of a little known episode in Australian colonial history. Convict James Porter and nine others managed to steal a newly built ship and sail it all the way to South America in one of the most daring and audacious escapes in convict history. It is amazing th...

    As it says in the afterward: be warned because "this little bastard will get under your skin." The story of James Porter, convict and escape artist in 19th century Tasmania, was one I had never heard before and it was unbelievably fascinating. And while Porter was undoubtedly a cri...

    Thank goodness a story as astonishing as this, has been preserved via this worthy book. What a tragedy if the tale of these men was lost or overlooked. As with most extensively researched and documented histories, a clear and reflective perspective is only arrived at in the final chapt...

    "...the entertaining and rollicking story of what is surely the greatest escape in Australian colonial history." (From the blurb of the audio version) Honestly, I'm a little surprised at how many glowing reviews this book has received. The story was somewhat interesting (based on tr...

    Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book - even though I knew the story as I saw the play in Strahan just after it started, when I was living in Tasmania for five years (93 to 97). This book is a very easy read and I read it quickly. It inspired me to read 'The Botanist's Daughter' when I ...

    It is hard to believe that this actually happened - that these men survived the horrors of convict life in Australia of the 1820s - 1830s. Our history really is filled with amazing stories of ordinary (and not so ordinary) people. At different times, I looked on James Porter as a har...

    James Porter was a convict who once had two choices: a) toe the line and eventually be released or b) escape prison. In Adam Courtenay?s The Ship That Never Was we learn about how Porter took option number two. Courtenay?s tome is an engaging look at history that leaves readers ove...

    This was a fascinating and gripping page-turner. I'm not normally into Australian history but the author brings the characters and their failures and triumphs to life which really drew me in and kept me there. Also, my 13 year old nephew who rarely reads also loved it, which is a more ...

    a somewhat harrowing account of prisoners in Tasmania and the constant efforts of James Porter to escape. ...

    A great rollicking read mixing fictional with non-fictional elements. The story of James Porter will go on and on. A great read ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Janet Cook
    Jul 31, 2018

    This was a fascinating read. My first thought upon completion was, 'truth really can be stranger than fiction!' This extraordinary account of larrikin, convict James Porter and what could possibly be the nicest mutiny in history, is one that all Aussies (and anyone with an intere...

    A cracking tale of adventure that reads like a tall story yet it's all true! Vivid, entertaining history. Who knew of this pint-sized larrikan of a Tasmanian convict who just wouldn't lie down and behave? Apparently many people, but not me! Cockney convict and former sailor, James Port...

    A compelling, page -turning history with all the best ingredients: a likeable rogue at centre stage and an against-the-odds escape from a lifetime of misery for an unlikely alliance of Australian convicts in the 1800s. The storylines of history based on English convict James Porter ext...

    There is nothing like a rollicking good tale where the underdog triumphs over the top dog, not to mention great escapes and characters both ingenious and deeply flawed. Adam Courtenay's book is reminiscent of a Dickens novel, except in this case, it happens to be true. In 1823, Jame...

    I loved this book - a real cover to cover read. It's part history, part boys own adventure - with many rascals and even more twists and turns. A rollicking, adventurous ride through a piece of little known (to me anyway) Australian colonial and maritime history. I know it it i...

    Review to come on my blog but an intriguing story and part of Australian history I had not previously known about, amongst many others, and highlighted many gaps in convict history that are sometimes left out of lessons. ...

    Excellent true sort of convict escape . This extraordinary escape and journey to South America surely should be well known but this is the first I?d heard of it!! Well researched and documented story. Loved it. ...

    This is a fascinating account of a little known episode in Australian colonial history. Convict James Porter and nine others managed to steal a newly built ship and sail it all the way to South America in one of the most daring and audacious escapes in convict history. It is amazing th...

    As it says in the afterward: be warned because "this little bastard will get under your skin." The story of James Porter, convict and escape artist in 19th century Tasmania, was one I had never heard before and it was unbelievably fascinating. And while Porter was undoubtedly a cri...

    Thank goodness a story as astonishing as this, has been preserved via this worthy book. What a tragedy if the tale of these men was lost or overlooked. As with most extensively researched and documented histories, a clear and reflective perspective is only arrived at in the final chapt...

    "...the entertaining and rollicking story of what is surely the greatest escape in Australian colonial history." (From the blurb of the audio version) Honestly, I'm a little surprised at how many glowing reviews this book has received. The story was somewhat interesting (based on tr...

    Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book - even though I knew the story as I saw the play in Strahan just after it started, when I was living in Tasmania for five years (93 to 97). This book is a very easy read and I read it quickly. It inspired me to read 'The Botanist's Daughter' when I ...

    It is hard to believe that this actually happened - that these men survived the horrors of convict life in Australia of the 1820s - 1830s. Our history really is filled with amazing stories of ordinary (and not so ordinary) people. At different times, I looked on James Porter as a har...

    James Porter was a convict who once had two choices: a) toe the line and eventually be released or b) escape prison. In Adam Courtenay?s The Ship That Never Was we learn about how Porter took option number two. Courtenay?s tome is an engaging look at history that leaves readers ove...

    This was a fascinating and gripping page-turner. I'm not normally into Australian history but the author brings the characters and their failures and triumphs to life which really drew me in and kept me there. Also, my 13 year old nephew who rarely reads also loved it, which is a more ...

    a somewhat harrowing account of prisoners in Tasmania and the constant efforts of James Porter to escape. ...

    A great rollicking read mixing fictional with non-fictional elements. The story of James Porter will go on and on. A great read ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Hwilko
    Jun 13, 2018

    This was a fascinating read. My first thought upon completion was, 'truth really can be stranger than fiction!' This extraordinary account of larrikin, convict James Porter and what could possibly be the nicest mutiny in history, is one that all Aussies (and anyone with an intere...

    A cracking tale of adventure that reads like a tall story yet it's all true! Vivid, entertaining history. Who knew of this pint-sized larrikan of a Tasmanian convict who just wouldn't lie down and behave? Apparently many people, but not me! Cockney convict and former sailor, James Port...

    A compelling, page -turning history with all the best ingredients: a likeable rogue at centre stage and an against-the-odds escape from a lifetime of misery for an unlikely alliance of Australian convicts in the 1800s. The storylines of history based on English convict James Porter ext...

  • Noel Magnus
    Jul 12, 2018

    This was a fascinating read. My first thought upon completion was, 'truth really can be stranger than fiction!' This extraordinary account of larrikin, convict James Porter and what could possibly be the nicest mutiny in history, is one that all Aussies (and anyone with an intere...

    A cracking tale of adventure that reads like a tall story yet it's all true! Vivid, entertaining history. Who knew of this pint-sized larrikan of a Tasmanian convict who just wouldn't lie down and behave? Apparently many people, but not me! Cockney convict and former sailor, James Port...

    A compelling, page -turning history with all the best ingredients: a likeable rogue at centre stage and an against-the-odds escape from a lifetime of misery for an unlikely alliance of Australian convicts in the 1800s. The storylines of history based on English convict James Porter ext...

    There is nothing like a rollicking good tale where the underdog triumphs over the top dog, not to mention great escapes and characters both ingenious and deeply flawed. Adam Courtenay's book is reminiscent of a Dickens novel, except in this case, it happens to be true. In 1823, Jame...

    I loved this book - a real cover to cover read. It's part history, part boys own adventure - with many rascals and even more twists and turns. A rollicking, adventurous ride through a piece of little known (to me anyway) Australian colonial and maritime history. I know it it i...

  • Annie
    Aug 19, 2018

    This was a fascinating read. My first thought upon completion was, 'truth really can be stranger than fiction!' This extraordinary account of larrikin, convict James Porter and what could possibly be the nicest mutiny in history, is one that all Aussies (and anyone with an intere...

    A cracking tale of adventure that reads like a tall story yet it's all true! Vivid, entertaining history. Who knew of this pint-sized larrikan of a Tasmanian convict who just wouldn't lie down and behave? Apparently many people, but not me! Cockney convict and former sailor, James Port...

    A compelling, page -turning history with all the best ingredients: a likeable rogue at centre stage and an against-the-odds escape from a lifetime of misery for an unlikely alliance of Australian convicts in the 1800s. The storylines of history based on English convict James Porter ext...

    There is nothing like a rollicking good tale where the underdog triumphs over the top dog, not to mention great escapes and characters both ingenious and deeply flawed. Adam Courtenay's book is reminiscent of a Dickens novel, except in this case, it happens to be true. In 1823, Jame...

    I loved this book - a real cover to cover read. It's part history, part boys own adventure - with many rascals and even more twists and turns. A rollicking, adventurous ride through a piece of little known (to me anyway) Australian colonial and maritime history. I know it it i...

    Review to come on my blog but an intriguing story and part of Australian history I had not previously known about, amongst many others, and highlighted many gaps in convict history that are sometimes left out of lessons. ...

    Excellent true sort of convict escape . This extraordinary escape and journey to South America surely should be well known but this is the first I?d heard of it!! Well researched and documented story. Loved it. ...

    This is a fascinating account of a little known episode in Australian colonial history. Convict James Porter and nine others managed to steal a newly built ship and sail it all the way to South America in one of the most daring and audacious escapes in convict history. It is amazing th...

    As it says in the afterward: be warned because "this little bastard will get under your skin." The story of James Porter, convict and escape artist in 19th century Tasmania, was one I had never heard before and it was unbelievably fascinating. And while Porter was undoubtedly a cri...

    Thank goodness a story as astonishing as this, has been preserved via this worthy book. What a tragedy if the tale of these men was lost or overlooked. As with most extensively researched and documented histories, a clear and reflective perspective is only arrived at in the final chapt...

    "...the entertaining and rollicking story of what is surely the greatest escape in Australian colonial history." (From the blurb of the audio version) Honestly, I'm a little surprised at how many glowing reviews this book has received. The story was somewhat interesting (based on tr...

    Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book - even though I knew the story as I saw the play in Strahan just after it started, when I was living in Tasmania for five years (93 to 97). This book is a very easy read and I read it quickly. It inspired me to read 'The Botanist's Daughter' when I ...

    It is hard to believe that this actually happened - that these men survived the horrors of convict life in Australia of the 1820s - 1830s. Our history really is filled with amazing stories of ordinary (and not so ordinary) people. At different times, I looked on James Porter as a har...

    James Porter was a convict who once had two choices: a) toe the line and eventually be released or b) escape prison. In Adam Courtenay?s The Ship That Never Was we learn about how Porter took option number two. Courtenay?s tome is an engaging look at history that leaves readers ove...

    This was a fascinating and gripping page-turner. I'm not normally into Australian history but the author brings the characters and their failures and triumphs to life which really drew me in and kept me there. Also, my 13 year old nephew who rarely reads also loved it, which is a more ...