Ken McGoogan


Lady Franklin's Revenge
“His biography is as detailed, thorough, and compulsive as Jane Franklin herself might have demanded.”
The Mail on Sunday (London)
“ exhaustive and scrupulously researched biography.”
Sara Wheeler
Times of London
“McGoogan’s biography of Lady Franklin is both a detailed study of an extraordinary woman and an adventure story almost too fantastic to be true.”
Glasgow Herald
“An unforgettable book.”
Edmonton Journal
"elegant, lucid and impassioned writing...pack[s] the power of the best novels."
Kathleen Winter, author of Annabel
Pierre Berton Award
University of British Columbia President’s Medal
HarperCollins Canada 2005
Bantam United Kingdom 2006

Lady Franklin’s Revenge

The true story of a woman born in the time of Jane Austen who strode the world stage and influenced the course of Arctic exploration.
Born into a wealthy London family in 1791, Jane Griffin was denied the opportunities available to men of her class. Yet she became a world traveler, ranging far off the beaten path to explore Russia, Greece, the Holy Land and North Africa. She and her husband Sir John Franklin presided over Tasmania, and at the age of 70, she circumnavigated the globe in rough sailing ships.
At age 36, Jane married the famous but hapless explorer John Franklin. She helped him seize the leadership of a Royal Navy expedition to find the fabled shortcut to the China across the top of North America. After Franklin disappeared in the Arctic ice, Jane dispatched seven doomed expeditions to find him.
In 1854, when explorer John Rae returned to England with news that Franklin and his crew had perished and at the end some had resorted to cannibalism, Jane enlisted Charles Dickens to repudiate him.
Though she failed to rescue Franklin, she contributed more to the discovery of the North than anyone else.