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Morgan's Run

(2000)
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Our Review
A New McCullough Classic
In the tradition of her epic bestseller, The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCullough offers up a saga of love found, love lost, and agony endured in Morgan's Run. McCullough brings history to life through the eyes of Richard Morgan, an Englishman swept up in the bitter vicissitudes of fate. McCullough's trademark flair for detail is like a ride in a time machine, transporting readers to the late 18th century. From the shores of Bristol, England, to the dungeons of a British prison, from the bowels of a slave ship to a penal colony on an island off the coast of New South Wales, McCullough brilliantly recreates the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of Morgan's life and times. The Revolutionary War is raging in America, and England is struggling with economic and social chaos. In the town of Bristol, Richard Morgan keeps to himself and tends to his family, making a decent living as a gunsmith and barkeep. But then Richard's quiet life begins to fall apart. His young daughter dies of smallpox, his wife becomes obsessively concerned about their son, and he loses his savings and his bar to a sophisticated con man. Then Richard's wife dies suddenly of a stroke, and his son is later lost and presumed dead after disappearing in a nearby river. The crowning blow comes when Richard reports illegal activities being carried out by the owner of the rum distillery where he works, and he ends up on the wrong end of a frame-up. Tried and convicted for thievery and blackmail in a justice system designed to presume guilt, Richard is deported on a slave ship of the "First Fleet" with a hundred or so other convicts bound for New South Wales, where they will be used to establish a colony. But the onboard conditions during the yearlong voyage are so awful that many of the convicts die. Richard, oddly calm, dignified, and withdrawn, not only survives but manages to thrive. His intelligence, manners, and skills earn him respect in the new colony, where he eventually earns a pardon and begins his life again. Based on McCullough's own family history, Morgan's Run has all the marks of a classic. In the novel's afterword, McCullough mentions that she hopes to continue this tale -- a hope that will no doubt be shared by millions of readers.

--Beth Amos

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Hardback Editions

January 2002 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Morgan's Run
Author(s): Colleen McCullough
ISBN: 1-4176-1700-4 / 978-1-4176-1700-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: San Val
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June 2001 : UK Hardback

Title: Morgan's Run (Windsor Selection)
Author(s): Colleen McCullough
ISBN: 0-7540-1561-0 / 978-0-7540-1561-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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February 2001 : USA Hardback
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Title: Morgan's Run
Author(s): Colleen McCullough
ISBN: 0-7862-3082-7 / 978-0-7862-3082-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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August 2000 : USA Hardback
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Title: Morgan's Run
Author(s): Colleen McCullough
ISBN: 0-684-85329-9 / 978-0-684-85329-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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August 2000 : UK Hardback
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Title: Morgan's Run
Author(s): Colleen McCullough
ISBN: 0-7126-8046-2 / 978-0-7126-8046-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Century
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Paperback Editions

2002 : USA Paperback
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Title: Morgan's Run
Author(s): Colleen McCullough
ISBN: 1-5011-1546-4 / 978-1-5011-1546-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket Books
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February 2002 : USA Paperback
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Title: Morgan's Run
Author(s): Colleen McCullough
ISBN: 0-7862-3083-5 / 978-0-7862-3083-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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January 2002 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Morgan's Run
Author(s): Colleen McCullough
ISBN: 0-671-02418-3 / 978-0-671-02418-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket Books
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August 2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: Morgan's Run
Author(s): Colleen McCullough Doctor of Neurophysiology
ISBN: 0-09-928098-1 / 978-0-09-928098-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arrow
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August 2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: Morgan"s Run
Author(s): Colleen mcCullough
ISBN: 0-7126-6997-3 / 978-0-7126-6997-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Century
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2000 : Paperback
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Title: MORGAN'S RUN
Author(s): C MCCULLOUGH
ISBN: 5551137759 / 978-5551137757
Publisher: ARROW
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2000 : USA Perfect Paperback
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Title: Morgan's Run
Author(s): Colleen McCullough
ISBN: 0-7434-1719-4 / 978-0-7434-1719-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket Books
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Audio Editions

August 2002 : USA MP3 CD

Title: Morgan's Run (Chivers Sound Library American Collections (eBook))
Author(s): Colleen McCullough
ISBN: 0-7927-2668-5 / 978-0-7927-2668-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Sound Library
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August 2001 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Morgan's Run
Author(s): Colleen McCullough
ISBN: 0-7435-0651-0 / 978-0-7435-0651-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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August 2001 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Morgan'S Run
Author(s): Colleen McCullough
ISBN: 0-7435-0663-4 / 978-0-7435-0663-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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May 2001 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: Morgan's Run: Complete & Unabridged
Author(s): Colleen McCullough
ISBN: 0-7540-0655-7 / 978-0-7540-0655-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Audio Books
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1900 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: RC 552 Morgan's Run
Author(s): Colleen McCullough
ISBN: 1-85686-704-8 / 978-1-85686-704-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
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Kindle Editions

February 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Morgan's Run
Author(s): Colleen McCullough
Publisher: Cornerstone Digital
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August 2000 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Morgan's Run: A Novel
Author(s): Colleen McCullough
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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