A true account

Howe, Katherine


From New York Times bestselling author Katherine Howe comes a daring first-hand account of Hannah Masury’s rousing adventure as one of the most feared and admired sea rovers of all time

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Publish Date: 23/11/2023



From New York Times-bestselling author Katherine Howe comes this daring account of one woman’s adventure as one of the most feared sea rovers of all time, perfect for fans of Kate Mosse and Jess Kidd

‘An absolute page turner, full of unexpected twists and turns.’ Celia Rees, author of Pirates!

In Boston, as the Golden Age of Piracy comes to a bloody close, Hannah Masury – bound into service at a waterfront inn since childhood – is ready to take her life into her own hands. When William Fly is hanged for piracy in the town square, the teenage Hannah is watching. Forced to flee for her life, Hannah disguises herself as a cabin boy and joins the pitiless crew of another notorious real-life pirate, Edward “Ned” Low. To earn her freedom and finally change the tide of her own future, Hannah must hunt down William Fly’s lost treasure.

Meanwhile in 1930, Professor Marian Beresford pieces this bewitching story together, seeing her own lack of freedom reflected back at her as she watches Hannah’s transformation. At the centre of Hannah Masury’s account, however, lies a centuries-old mystery that Marian is determined to solve. It soon becomes clear that Hannah was once just as determined to take this secret to her grave.A True Account tells the unforgettable, interleaved stories of two women in different worlds, both shattering the rules of their own society, both daring to risk everything to go forge their own adventure.

‘A feast for the sea-loving senses.’ – Sarah Penner, author of The Lost Apothecary


Additional information

Dimensions 234 × 153 × 25 mm










Hardback original


813.6 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K