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Journalist, feminist, daredevil, the basis for every scrappy woman reporter for over a hundred years of literature, Nellie Bly is a force to be reckoned with!

A Novel of Nellie Bly


Nellie Bly has the story of a lifetime. But will she survive to tell it?

Enraged by an article entitled ‘What Girls Are Good For’, Elizabeth Cochrane pens an angry letter to the Pittsburgh Dispatch, never imagining a Victorian newspaper would hire a woman reporter. Taking the name Nellie Bly, she struggles against the male-dominated industry, reporting stories no one else will – the stories of downtrodden women.

Chased out of Mexico for revealing government corruption, her romantic advances rejected by a married colleague, Bly earns the chance to break into the New York’s Newspaper Row if she can nab a major scoop – life inside a madhouse. Feigning madness, she dupes the court into committing her to the Insane Asylum on Blackwell’s Island. 

But matters are far worse than she ever dreamed. Humiliated, drugged, beaten, she must endure a week of terror, reliving the darkest days of her childhood, in order to escape and tell the world her story. Only, at the end of the week, no rescue comes, and she fears she may be trapped forever...

Based on the real-life events of Nellie Bly’s life and reporting, What Girls Are Good For is a tale of rage, determination, and triumph - all in the frame of a tiny Pennsylvania spitfire who refused to let the world tell her how to live her life, and changed the world instead. 

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A Free Nellie Bly Novelette

A gripping sequel to the bestselling novel What Girls Are Good For, following the real-life reporting of undercover journalist Nellie Bly!

Fresh from her escape from the madhouse on Blackwell's Island, undercover reporter Nellie Bly investigates the doctors who buy and sell babies in Victorian New York. Based on real events and her own reporting, this novelette follows Nellie Bly as she asks the devastating question - what becomes of babies?


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A Free Nellie Bly Novelette

The amazing next chapter in the life of undercover reporter Nellie Bly as she tackles her biggest stunt yet!

April 1, 1888: Nellie Bly gets political, setting her sights on the slipperiest fish of them all - the powerful lobbyist Edward R. Phelps. Can Bly expose his misdeeds before he tumbles to her trap? Can she make her charges stick when they're both called to testify?


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With rich imagination and meticulous research, David Blixt has brought the hectic, exciting world of nineteenth-century journalism vividly to life. His Nellie Bly is determined, independent, crafty, irresistible -- a heroine any reader would be delighted to get to know.

Matthew Goodman, New York Times bestselling author of Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History-Making Race Around the World


Dramatic, engrossing, and spirited, What Girls Are Good For takes the reader straight to the heart of an unsung American hero--a feminist icon whose voice rings loud and true. This is a must-read for anyone who loves an underdog and celebrates justice; the perfect accompaniment for our present times.

Olivia Hawker, international bestselling author of The Ragged Edge of Night

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