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South of Darkness

Narrated by: Paul English
Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
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Thirteen-year-old Barnaby Fletch is a bag-and-bones orphan in London in the late 1700s.

Barnaby lives on his wits and ill-gotten gains, on streets seething with the press of the throng and shadowed by sinister figures.

Life is a precarious business. When he hears of a paradise on the other side of the world - a place called Botany Bay - he decides to commit a crime and get himself transported to a new life, a better life.

To succeed, he must survive the trials of Newgate Prison, the stinking hull of a prison ship and the unknown terrors of a journey across the world. And Botany Bay is far from the paradise Barnaby has imagined.

When his past and present suddenly collide, he is soon fleeing for his life - once again. A riveting story of courage, hope and extraordinary adventure.

©2014 John Marsden (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Great historical novel

Really interesting book about transpirtation to Australia for the convicts. Describes all the convicts had to endure well X really enjoyed it

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  • Shoova
  • 25-11-18

A wondrous adventure.

I would expect nothing less from the very talented and creative mind of John Marsden.

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  • Rachael
  • 22-02-15

Love this book and John Marsden

Thanks for another amazing story. I feel the ending leaves opportunity to continue with the tales of Barnaby. I look forward to the next installment.

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