Following Nellie Bly: Her Record-Breaking Race Around the World

Rosemary J Brown

Following Nellie Bly: Her Record-Breaking Race Around the World
Pen & Sword Books Ltd
United Kingdom
30 March 2023

Following Nellie Bly: Her Record-Breaking Race Around the World

Rosemary J Brown

Intrepid journalist Nellie Bly raced through a man’s world’
alone and literally with just the clothes on her back
to beat the fictional record set by Jules Verne’s Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days. She won the race on 25 January 1890, covering 21,740 miles by ocean liner and train in 72 days, and became a global celebrity. Although best known for her record-breaking journey, even more importantly Nellie Bly pioneered investigative journalism and paved the way for women in the newsroom. Throughout her career, Bly’s reportage gave voices to vulnerable people and challenged oppression wherever she found it. Her steadfast conviction that nothing is impossible’ makes the world she circled a better place.

Adventurer, journalist and author, Rosemary J Brown, set off 125 years later to retrace Nellie Bly’s footsteps in an expedition registered with the Royal Geographical Society. Through her recreation of that epic global journey, she brings to life Nellie Bly’s remarkable achievements and shines a light on one of the world’s greatest female adventurers and a forgotten heroine of history.

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