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2019 winner y separately published work icon Bridget Crack Rachel Leary , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2017 11540812 2017 single work novel historical fiction

'Van Diemen's Land, 1827. When Bridget Crack arrives in the colony, she has never seen such a place as Hobart Town. A spirited girl, she finds the life of an indentured domestic servant intolerable. But when she is punished for her insubordination, she realises there are far worse places to be. Sent to the 'Interior' and a brutally hard life with a cruel master, she escapes only to find herself imprisoned by the impenetrable Tasmanian wilderness. There she is saved from certain death by Matt Sheedy, a man on the run. But her precarious existence among volatile and murderous bushrangers is a different kind of hell. Surrounded by roaring rivers and towering columns of rock, hunted by soldiers and at the mercy of killers, Bridget finds herself in an impossible situation. In the face of terrible darkness, what will she have to do to survive?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.