When the radical lawyer, Thomas Muir, discovers his innocent clients are being convicted as state policy, he strives to give them a voice in the political arena. But revealing the establishment to be corrupt and immoral leaves his own freedoms under attack and with his soulmate - an exiled client - he's forced into a perilous ocean odyssey pursued by the British Government, its navy and its allies. The Democrat is a fast paced global thriller voyaging from Edinburgh to the ends of the earth, from Bordeaux to Botany Bay, Vancouver to Vera Cruz, Cuba to Cadiz. It’s the true story of one person’s devotion to democracy that inspires Robert Burns’ most famous poem and influences Thomas Paine, Wolf Tone, Talleyrand, Napoleon and the first President of the United States. Written and researched during Arab struggles for freedom and the West’s disappointment with their own politics, this is a historical novel for our time and an amazing true story.
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I am ashamed to say I have never bought an historical novel before, fearing a lack of relevance to contemporary life in general and my life in particular. However, Olly Wyatt's The Democrat has quashed any concern I may have had and delivered to me a fascinating study of a fascinating man, Thomas Muir. I have no idea as to whether it has been consigned to the bins of history like so much else worth telling, but I had absolutely no knowledge of the character and what he stood for, but thanks to Mr Wyatt's gripping style, and a voice that allows the reader to simultaneously inhabit both Thomas' time and (because of the relevance of the issues,) our own time, the book for me is so much more than just a rollicking read. If this is the first historical novel you buy - press click now, you won't be disappointed.
Based on the true story of Thomas Muir; an 18th C Scottish lawyer who helped to reform society. An amazingly rich debut novel, well-researched and a page turner.*****