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Issue Details: First known date: 2014... 2014 South of Darkness
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'My name, then, is Barnaby Fletch. To the best of my knowledge I have no middle name and cannot say of whom I am the son, or of whom my father's father's father was the son. Alas, my origins are shrouded in mystery.

'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.' (Publication summary)

Notes

  • Dedication: To Kris, with memories of those quiet days in that vast room, in the beautiful stillness of winter...

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Pan Macmillan Australia , 2014 .
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      Extent: 376p.
      Description: illus., maps
      Reprinted: 2015
      Note/s:
      • Published 1 November 2014
      ISBN: 9781743531563

Works about this Work

Reverence for Classic Tales Peter Pierce , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 13-14 December 2014; (p. 34) The Age , 13 December 2014; (p. 34)

— Review of South of Darkness John Marsden , 2014 single work novel
Crossing Over Ruth Starke , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 366 2014; (p. 54)

— Review of South of Darkness John Marsden , 2014 single work novel
Well Read Katharine England , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 6 December 2014; (p. 27)

— Review of South of Darkness John Marsden , 2014 single work novel ; Laurinda Alice Pung , 2014 single work novel
Review : South of Darkness Merle Morcom , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Good Reading , November 2014; (p. 40)

— Review of South of Darkness John Marsden , 2014 single work novel
Why John Marsden Has Taken on the Grown Ups Jan Sullivan , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 8 November 2014; The Age , 8 November 2014; The Canberra Times , 8 November 2014;
Dickensian Transports Agnes Nieuwenhuizen , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 1-2 November 2014; (p. 19)

— Review of South of Darkness John Marsden , 2014 single work novel
Review : South of Darkness Merle Morcom , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Good Reading , November 2014; (p. 40)

— Review of South of Darkness John Marsden , 2014 single work novel
Well Read Katharine England , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 6 December 2014; (p. 27)

— Review of South of Darkness John Marsden , 2014 single work novel ; Laurinda Alice Pung , 2014 single work novel
Crossing Over Ruth Starke , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 366 2014; (p. 54)

— Review of South of Darkness John Marsden , 2014 single work novel
Reverence for Classic Tales Peter Pierce , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 13-14 December 2014; (p. 34) The Age , 13 December 2014; (p. 34)

— Review of South of Darkness John Marsden , 2014 single work novel
Marsden Outgrows Teen Book Market Rosemary Neill , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 18-19 October 2014; (p. 3)
The Days After Tomorrow Rosemary Neill , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 18-19 October 2014; (p. 8-9)
'Teen fiction king John Marsden has written his first novel for adults. Rosemary Neill meets the outspoken author and school principal.'
Bleak House Phil Brown , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 25 October 2014; (p. 18)
'The harsh reality of Australia's grim beginnings are fodder for the first adult novel by master storyteller John Marsden...'
Why John Marsden Has Taken on the Grown Ups Jan Sullivan , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 8 November 2014; The Age , 8 November 2014; The Canberra Times , 8 November 2014;
Last amended 4 Nov 2015 16:37:49
Settings:
  • London,
    c
    England,
    c
    c
    United Kingdom (UK),
    c
    Western Europe, Europe,
  • At sea,
  • Botany Bay, Botany area, Sydney Southern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,
  • 1790s
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