Paul Periwinkle, or the Pressgang
- By William Johnson Neale
Set in England, Ireland, and Haiti. Paul is tried and convicted for the murder of a man who had disappeared, having been seized by a pressgang. He escapes to Ireland, then to the West Indies, surviving many vicissitudes, including piracy and plank-walking and events during revolt in Haiti led by Toussaint L'Ouverture.
Eveline is a startlingly forceful heroine for the time: she wields gun and sword in unsuccessful defence of her father's vicarage in Ireland when the peasantry attack, is taken and raped, later escapes and for most of the rest of the novel poses as a man and fights fiercely on sea and land.
Author: William Johnson Neale
Title: Paul Periwinkle, or the Pressgang
First Published by: Tegg & co (In 3 volumes)