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Behind the Sun : The Convict Girls - Deborah Challinor

Behind the Sun

The Convict Girls

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Irreverent and streetwise prostitute, Friday Woolfe, is in London’s notorious Newgate gaol, awaiting transportation. There, she meets three other girls: intelligent and opportunistic thief, Sarah Morgan, naive young Rachel Winter, and reliable and capable seamstress, Harriet Clarke.

On the voyage to New South Wales their friendship becomes an unbreakable bond - but there are others on board who will change their lives forever. Friday makes an implacable enemy of Bella Jackson, a vicious woman whose power seems undiminished by her arrest and transportation, while Harriet is taken under the wing of an idealistic doctor, James Downey. Rachel catches the eye of a sinister passenger with more than honour on his mind, whose brutal assault leaves her life hanging in the balance.

When they finally arrive on the other side of the world, they are confined to the grim and overcrowded Parramatta Female Factory. But worse is to come as the threat of separation looms. In the land behind the sun, the only thing they have is each other ...

About the Author

Deborah Challinor is a writer and historian, and author of the bestselling Children Of War trilogy, as well as a string of bestselling historical novels, including Fire, Kitty, Union Belle, Amber and Isle Of Tears, and a number of nonfiction titles, including Grey Ghosts.

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5.0

Historical Fiction at its best!

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  • Engaging Characters
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    Comments about Behind the Sun:

    'Behind the Sun' was my first Deborah Challinor venture – and wow, I am very impressed. I really, really enjoyed this beautifully written book. Beginning in 1820's London and finishing in 1830's old Sydney Town I loved following the lives of the four main female characters who were transported for various crimes to Australia. I always love a good convict read and this period of Australia's history and this is one of the best I have read. Challinor has a talent for vividly drawing the reader into the story and location of story for eg for the four months they were at sea I felt the challenges that were faced and the growing bond between the girls like I was there with them! This is historical fiction at its best….be aware at the end though – and I didn't know this until I was on the last page – there is Book 2 coming out this year sometime!!! Now I just need to find out when and start counting down!!!!!

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    5.0

    Can't wait for the next one!

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    from Adelaide

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        I fell in love with the characters. I cannot wait until the next one, I need to know what happens!

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        4.0

        Aussie convict cracker

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          Comments about Behind the Sun:

          The only disappointment was I didn't know it was part of a series and have to wait until the next book in the series is written.

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          4.0

          Fascinating historical fiction

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            Comments about Behind the Sun:

            Inspired by the lives of Deborah Challinor's ancestors, Behind the Sun is the first installment of a historical fiction series featuring four convict women transported from England to New South Wales in the late 1920's. With strong characterisation, Behind the Sun is a fascinating exploration of women's history in Australia and an enjoyable read. I Challinor plans to follow up Behind the Sun with 'Girl of Shadows' (expected in 2013) and I am looking forward to reading more about the women's adventures in SydneyTown.

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            Deborah Challinor

            Deborah Challinor is a writer and historian, and author of the bestselling Children Of War trilogy, as well as a string of bestselling historical novels, including Fire, Kitty, Union Belle, Amber and Isle Of Tears, and a number of nonfiction titles, including Grey Ghosts.

            She lives in New South Wales with her husband.

            Visit Deborah Challinor's Booktopia Author Page


            ISBN: 9780732293062
            ISBN-10: 0732293065
            Series: The Convict Girls
            Audience: General
            Format: Paperback
            Language: English
            Number Of Pages: 480
            Published: 1st December 2012
            Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
            Country of Publication: AU
            Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 3.6
            Weight (kg): 0.56