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.
“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”
“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”
“The raciest of memoirs”
“Daniel Defoe's shameless, charming, intelligent and promiscuous adventuress”