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by Marsden, John

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TitleSouth of darkness
Author / Responsible partyMarsden, John
GenreHistorical fiction.
TopicsHistorical fiction. Adventure stories, Australian. Convicts -- New South Wales -- Botany Bay -- Fiction. Penal colonies -- New South Wales -- Botany Bay -- Fiction. Botany Bay (N.S.W.) -- Fiction.
Intended AudienceAdult
PublisherVisAbility Ltd. [Association for the Blind of WA]


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.

Additional Information

System control numberE12375
Original Print PublisherSydney, New South Wales : Pan Macmillan Australia, 2014.
Narrator NamePaul English
Participant or performer notePaul English
Narrators GenderMale narrator