You may be interested in the following events also taking place in Colchester this weekend:
How America came to fight Britain for its independence.
Set in Boston and London over sixteen years, True Freedom is a panoramic account of how America came to fight Britain for its freedom in the eighteenth century.
The Boston scene is set through vignettes about the people who shaped its history. Thomas Hutchinson, Boston aristocracy, whose wealth is seemingly unassailable. Self-taught medical doctor Thomas Young meets his hero Samuel Adams who is determined to have his revolution, supported from London by the radical politician John Wilkes.
True Freedom is full of vivid period details; you can almost smell Parliament in London or hear the clerks scribbling away in the American Department. So too, in Boston, you experience the might of the British navy in the harbour, and feel the determination of the Boston people to defy Parliament in London.
Together they form facets of the main character: the Boston uprising. In his novel Michael Dean takes us right to the heart of identity and sovereignty by focusing on personal relationships especially the one between brothers Thomas Pownall, Governor of Massachusetts and later a MP, and John Pownall, undersecretary of the American Department in London.
‘Meticulously researched, True Freedom reconstructs the events that helped spark the American revolution. Dean brings his cast of historical figures to life, exploring their political, ideological and often bitterly personal motivations.’ Heather Richardson