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South of Darkness

Narrated by: Paul English
Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
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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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A wondrous adventure.

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

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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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  • Mrs AlisonDown
  • 02-16-16

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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  • Jennifer2
  • 01-05-19

I loved this book

I found this book very satisfying on all fronts. It's a lovely story of a young English boy who goes to New South Wales in the late 1700's, is historically accurate in broad detail and shares the beauty of Scriptural passages along with the contemplations of Bunyan in Pilgrim's Progress and writings of Alexander Pope. The only negative was the fairly abrupt ending.
I really enjoyed it and will look out for a sequel. Paul English reads so very well.

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  • Kim
  • 07-07-17

An epic tale!

Fantastic story painting a great picture of many stages of the convict life and early australia.
I initially found the reader difficult to listen to and found it distracting from the story but once i became used to it, it added to the telling of the story.

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  • Jacqui Daniels-Gillen
  • 06-24-17

South of Darkness

It meandered along with no real gripping moments... the ending was too cheesy and I didn't really get a feel of Australia about it. A few amusing moments on the streets and in the church but dragged out..