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Random House presents the audiobook edition of Mad Blood Stirring by Simon Mayo, read by Rhashan Stone.

1815: The war is over, but for the inmates at Dartmoor Prison, peace - like home - is still a long way away. 

On the eve of the year 1815, the American sailors of the Eagle finally arrive at Dartmoor prison, bedraggled, exhausted but burning with hope. They’ve had only one thing to sustain them - a snatched whisper overheard along the way. 

The war is over.

Joe Hill thought he’d left the war outside these walls, but it’s quickly clear that there’s a different type of fight to be had within. The seven prison blocks surrounding him have been segregated: six white and one black. As his voice rings out across the courtyard, announcing the peace, the redcoat guards bristle, and the inmates stir. The powder keg was already fixed to blow, and Joe has just lit the fuse. 

Elizabeth Shortland, wife of the Governor, looks down at the swirling crowd from the window of her own personal prison. The peace means the end is near, that she needn’t be here forever. But suddenly she cannot bear the thought of leaving.

Inspired by a true story, Mad Blood Stirring tells of a few frantic months in the suffocating atmosphere of a prison awaiting liberation. It is a story of hope and freedom, of loss and suffering. It is a story about how sometimes, in our darkest hour, it can be the most unlikely of things that see us through.

©2018 Simon Mayo (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"Bursting with energy, written with passion, Mad Blood Stirring is a joy to read." (John Boyne)

"This is a cracking novel." (Sir Kenneth Branagh)

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  • Malcolm Gibbs
  • 05-13-18

Dartmoor Prison revealed.

Great story, untold historical event. Very familiar with Dartmoor, its harshness, bleakness, isolation rings so true.

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  • Drew L-J
  • 05-02-18

A Bit Tedious

Performance is dull and the story hasn't engaged me. Not sure I can be bothered to finish it.