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A riveting story of courage, hope and extraordinary adventure.

"You will hardly read a more fascinating account of a convict's voyage to Australia" Australian Book Review

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.

Book Information

  • ISBN: 9781743535455
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pub Date: 24/11/2015
  • Category: Fiction & related items / General
    Fiction & related items / Historical fiction
    Australia
    Teenage & Young Adult Fiction / Young Adult
  • Imprint: Macmillan Australia
  • Pages: 384
  • Price: $29.99

A riveting story of courage, hope and extraordinary adventure.

"You will hardly read a more fascinating account of a convict's voyage to Australia" Australian Book Review

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.

Author Information

John Marsden has written more than 40 books, mostly for teenagers and children, including Tomorrow When the War Began, So Much to Tell You, and Letters from the Inside. He has sold over five million books worldwide, and has won every major award in Australia for young people's fiction.

South of Darkness, written for adults, won the Christina Stead Award for Best Novel of 2015. In August 2019, John's newest book, The Art of Growing Up, a non-fiction work about education and parenting, will be published.

John's passionate interest in education led him to start two schools, Candlebark, on a vast forested estate near Romsey Victoria, and Alice Miller, at Macedon, a Year 7-12 school with a particular emphasis on the creative arts. The two schools enrol 380 students in 2019.

AUTHOR EVENTS

17 November 2019

Join John Marsden at the Word for Word Festival event The Art of Growing Up in conversation with Mark Smith as he discusses his latest book THE ART OF GROWING UP.

11:30 AM

Wurdi Ypuang (North)
Level 5, Geelong Library & Heritage Centre 51 Little Malop St Geelong VIC 3220 Website



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