Around the World in Less Than 80 Days!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel around the world as fast as possible?  With super -powered jets, you can now get around the world in just a few days, but in Victorian times, they had only ships and trains to make the journey.  And a women going alone was unheard of.  Two young reporters, Elizabeth Bisland and Nellie Bly, defied that tradition and raced against each other around the world.

Shonna Slayton’s new book Liz and Nellie tells the true story of these two courageous women.  It’s is quite an intriguing story, which I didn’t even know about until I picked up Slayton’s book.

During the Victorian time period, Jules Verne’s book, Around the World in Eighty Days, was immensely popular.  Because of this, people wondered if you could make it around the world in even less time than eighty days.  The paper Nellie Bly worked for decided to send her around the world to see.  After hearing about Bly’s trip, The Cosmopolitan (the magazine Liz worked for) decided to send Elizabeth the opposite way around the world.  They hoped this would give her an edge, thus beating Nellie’s time around the world.

I loved that this book read like a novel.  It made for more entertaining and faster reading than if it had just been a book of facts.  I also really liked that there were a lot of unique details all brought together in this book.  Without this book, one would probably have to spend hours searching through multiple sources to find all the little details included in the book.  It is a longer book, but it was still quite enjoyable.  I would recommend it to anyone who loves travel, history, adventure, or the Victorian era.


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