By Matthew Goodman
On November 14, 1889, Nellie Bly, the crusading younger woman reporter for Joseph Pulitzer’s World newspaper, left ny urban via steamship on a quest to damage the checklist for the quickest journey world wide. additionally departing from manhattan that day—and heading within the wrong way through train—was a tender journalist from The Cosmopolitan journal, Elizabeth Bisland. each one lady was resolute to outdo Jules Verne’s fictional hero Phileas Fogg and circle the globe in lower than 80 days. The dramatic race that ensued might span twenty-eight thousand miles, captivate the kingdom, and alter either competitors’ lives forever.
the 2 ladies have been a examine in contrasts. Nellie Bly used to be a scrappy, hard-driving, bold reporter from Pennsylvania coal state who sought out the main sensational information tales, frequently going undercover to show social injustice. Genteel and chic, Elizabeth Bisland have been born into an aristocratic Southern kin, hottest novels and poetry to newspapers, and was once broadly often called the main attractive girl in metropolitan journalism. either girls, notwithstanding, have been gifted writers who had carved out winning careers within the hypercompetitive, male-dominated global of big-city newspapers. Eighty Days brings those trailblazing ladies to existence as they race opposed to time and every different, unaided and by myself, ever acutely aware that the slightest hold up may perhaps suggest the adaptation among victory and defeat.
A bright real-life new edition of the race and its aftermath, from its frenzied begin to the nail-biting sprint at its end, Eighty Days is historical past with the center of a good event novel. Here’s the adventure that takes us at the back of the partitions of Jules Verne’s Amiens property, into the again alleys of Hong Kong, onto the grounds of a Ceylon tea plantation, via storm-tossed ocean crossings and mountains blocked by way of snowdrifts twenty toes deep, and to many extra unforeseen and unique locales from London to Yokohama. alongside the best way, we're taken care of to interesting glimpses of way of life within the overdue 19th century—an period of remarkable technological advances, newly remade within the picture of the steamship, the railroad, and the telegraph. For Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland—two girls sooner than their time in each feel of the word—were not just racing worldwide. They have been additionally racing in the course of the very center of the Victorian age.
Advance compliment for Eighty Days
“What a narrative! What a rare old adventure!”—Amanda Foreman, writer of A international on Fire
“Vividly imagined and gorgeously distinctive, Eighty Days recounts the exhilarating trip of 2 pioneering girls, Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland, as they race around the world. Matthew Goodman has crafted a enjoyable, quick, page-turning action-adventure that may make you need you may hold their bags.”—Karen Abbott, writer of American Rose
“What a satisfaction to circumnavigate the globe with pioneering newshounds Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland. the 2 ladies carve out an adventurous direction in a restricted Victorian international that cares as a lot about their marriage customers and the variety of trunks they pack as approximately their trailblazing profession aspirations. Matthew Goodman’s vigorous writing and precise examine convey the tale of those notable girls to existence as they race world wide, complete steam forward, giving us an intimate examine a late-nineteenth-century international that's by surprise shrinking within the face of fast technological swap. just one of those awesome girls can win the race around the globe, however the reader of this interesting story might be convinced of a reward.”—Elizabeth Letts, writer of The Eighty-Dollar Champion
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