Fiction. Set in Boston and London over sixteen years, TRUE FREEDOM is a panoramic account of how America came to fight Britain for its freedom in the eighteenth century. The Boston scene is set though vignettes about the people who shaped its history. Thomas Hutchinson, sixth generation of Boston aristocracy, whose wealth is seemingly unassailable. Self-taught medical doctor Thomas Young, an idealist meeting his hero Samuel Adams, who is determined to have his revolution. Their Sons of Liberty and Mohucks play a key role, all the time supported from London by the radical politician John Wilkes.TRUE FREEDOM is full of vivid period details, you can almost smell parliament in London or hear the clerks scribbling away in the American Department. So too, in Boston, you can picture Faneuil Hall, experience the might of the British navy in the harbour, and feel the grit and determination of the Boston people to defy parliament in London. Together they form facets of the main character: the Boston uprising. The facts are all there but by focusing on personal relationships, especially the one between the brothers Pownall, Michael Dean takes us right to the heart of identity and sovereignty.
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Michael Dean has a history degree from Worcester College, Oxford, an MSc in Applied Linguistics from Edinburgh University and a translator's qualification (AIL) in German. He has published several novels. The Darkness into Light omnibus (Sharpe Books, 2017), The Rise and Fall of the Nazis comprises five titles: Before the Darkness - about the German Jewish Foreign Minister Walther Rathenau, assassinated in 1922; The Crooked Cross - about Hitler and art; The Enemy Within - about Dutch resistance during the Nazi occupation; Hour Zero - about Germany in 1946; Magic City - a novel of Jewish identity set in Germany in the early 1970s. He also published some stand-alone novels: Thorn, (Bluemoose Books, 2011) about Spinoza and Rembrandt; I, Hogarth (Duckworth-Overlook, 2012), which sets out to unify Hogarth's life with his art. His novels, THE WHITE CRUCIFIXION, about Marc Chagall, and TRUE FREEDOM, or how America came to fight Britain for its independence, were published by Holland Park Press in 2018 and 2019. His non-fiction includes a book about Chomsky and many educational publications.