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Great Adventures: Nellie Bly

Pat Kinsella meets Nellie Bly, the journalist who went around the world in less than 80 days, racing against the fictitious Phileas Fogg and a very real rival travelling in the opposite direction…
FULL STEAM AHEAD Among the 1,710 passengers aboard the Oceanic when it arrived in San Francisco in January 1890 was Nellie Bly, near the end of her round-the-world adventure


“Never having failed, I could not picture what failure meant...” Nellie Bly

With his 1873 classic Around the World inEighty Days, master raconteur Jules Verne skilfully captured the excitement of an era in which people could feel the planet shrinking beneath their feet.

TRAIL BLAZER A 26-year-old Bly poses for the camera in 1890 – the year she finished her trip

In 1869, the First Transcontinental Railroad began sending trains across America, and the Suez Canal opened, connecting the Mediterranean to the Red Sea and Indian Ocean. A year later, Indian railways linked up across the sub-continent – creating a news story that acted as the imaginary catalyst for Verne’s plot. It was this that led his protagonist, Phileas Fogg, to set a wager that he could circle the globe from London’s Reform Club, door-to-door, in 80 days.

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