Behind the Sun by Deborah Challinor

Behind the Sun

By Deborah Challinor

  • Release Date: 2012-12-01
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 65 Ratings
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Four women on a perilous journey to a new world, can rely only on their wits to survive ... and each other
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. 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 ...


  • Where fact meets fiction

    By Blacksorrento
    At last an author who has done justice to the plight that befell all too many of the female convicts. Transportation to the Colony in the first instance seemed like a long holiday compared with time done in Newgate or Bristol Gaols. Story is told with empathy, a seamless narrative between fiction incorporating factual events, the author or those she has working for her has done a top job on their research. Dialogue is totally believable of the era, as is their situation, not to mention their own way of handling what fate has dished out. I am so looking forward to reading the rest of the series (this + 3) The characters are gutsy women who, despite falling onto the wrong side of the law, given harsh sentences by today's standards which we would call misdemeanours. The women are full of pluck and one cannot help but cheer them on in the face of their adversity. A thoroughly enjoyable read of Australia's early Colonial years. 👍👍👍 kudos to the author.