Run Maggie Run

by John Ivor

Aged 9, and sentenced to death! In Scotland, 1829, a factory waif is about to be hanged for murder. She makes a perilous escape, and thus begins little Maggie’s odyssey to womanhood.

On the run, a series of adventures takes her to the far end of the world. She outsmarts Arab pirates, endures kidnapping, survives sex predators and is sold as a slave, only to find herself a bonded servant amid English gentry. They are sailing to create an Eden for themselves in the wilderness. Here, Maggie disrupts the founding ceremony.

Thrills, humour and compassion blend to give this novel its original label as ‘best serial since Dickens’. It is the adults-only opening to John Ivor’s Dreams Quartet.

Smashwords edition isbn 9781452309644

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First published as Book One of “Great Land of Dreams”, hardback print 1999, paperback 2005. First digital edition 2009.

'Tis virtue, and not birth

that makes us noble

Great actions speak great minds.


Dedicated to all who seek their Eden.

The Tartan Mouse

A FINGER of sunshine poked through the grime of courtroom windows, polished the dock’s varnished panels and created a halo for the prisoner, she who was known as Maggie, age nine. The charge was murder. The judge: Mr Justice Gallows.

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