A marine without his ship. A man without his liberty.
When the locks can’t hold James Norris they chain him, and when the chains won’t stay James Norris they fix him to a stake. But they still can’t take the thoughts out of his head.
He is a man shackled to his own tragedies: the commission he never took; the family and friends he lost; the lover who betrayed him.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest meets Mutiny on the Bounty – an exploration of love, sanity, suffering, and compassion. Based on the true story of James Norris, an American marine who was chained to a stake for fourteen years in Bethlem Hospital for the Insane (1800-15).
Will James Norris find what he is hunting for? Can he ever sail free?
Emily’s short story, A Glimmer of Melting Ice, was longlisted for the HWA/Dorothy Dunnett Short Story Competition in 2019.