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The original salacious story of a bad girl who makes good

These are the fortunes and misfortunes of Moll Flanders: born in Newgate Prison, twelve years a prostitute, five times a wife (once to her own brother), twelve years a thief and eight years a transported felon in Her Majesty's colony of Virginia. Daniel Defoe's rollicking tale presents life in the prisons, alleyways and underworlds of eighteenth-century London, and gives us Moll - scandalous, unscrupulous and utterly irresistible.

Reviews

It's still fresh, centuries on. It's raunchy yet humane, brilliantly written yet not at the expense of a fast-paced plot, and it conjures such a vivid picture of its age that it would certainly transport me off the monotony of a desert island.I've always loved Moll herself she's so feisty. All the dreadful things that befall her and she just picks herself up, dusts herself down, rearranges her cleavage and rampages off again.

Freya North, Daily Mail

Bold, beautiful and brilliantly resourceful, Moll was ideally qualified to be the heroine of one of the first English novels... Defoe conveys very forcefully that wit, courage and enterprise are valuable attributes for a woman

Guardian

Enduringly colourful

The Times

The raciest of memoirs

The Times

Daniel Defoe's shameless, charming, intelligent and promiscuous adventuress

Sunday Times

The tale is the more compelling because (Moll) is looking back ruefully on her misadventures in older age, examining her own motives with withering candour

Guardian

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  • Paperback

    9780099518877

    April 1, 2010

    Vintage Classics

    352 pages

    RRP $12.99

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  • Paperback

    9780553213287

    December 15, 2006

    Bantam US

    RRP $8.99

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  • Hardback

    9781857150322

    December 2, 1991

    Everyman

    296 pages

    RRP $24.99

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  • EBook

    9781407073422

    July 1, 2010

    Vintage Digital

    352 pages

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  • Moll Flanders
    Daniel Defoe

    EBook

    9780141908151

    June 27, 1990

    Penguin eBooks

    480 pages

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