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Jennie R. (pony) - ,
Subject: book about man being transported to Australia
Date Posted: 12/8/2009 11:24 AM ET
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I posted this in another forum, but trying to find the name or the author of this book. The story is about a man that ends up in  Newgate prison and get transported to Australia. Any ideas??

Date Posted: 12/8/2009 4:32 PM ET
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I don't remember if it was Newgate prison but I read this book last year and it may be the one you are looking for (man from England sent to Australia in lieu of prison):

The Secret River by Kate Grenville

Jennie R. (pony) - ,
Date Posted: 12/8/2009 10:40 PM ET
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I just looked up the book, The Secret River, and it is too new unless it is a reprint. My book I am looking for is a similar story.

  Thanks, Jennie

Jennie R. (pony) - ,
Date Posted: 12/9/2009 1:27 PM ET
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Colleen McCullough's narrative skills are fully displayed in this intricately researched, passionate epic of 18th-century England's colonization of Australia, in which an upright Bristol tavernkeeper, Richard Morgan, becomes one of the first British convicts to be sent to the rugged new prison colony of Botany Bay. It is not enough that Morgan is struggling with grief, having lost his wife and two children in three separate tragedies. He discovers that his employer is scamming the government of excise taxes, but when he reports the fraud, he becomes the target of the distiller's revenge. Framed for robbery and extortion, he is arrested and thrown into prisonDa hellish pit of overcrowding, disease and filthDthen convicted and sentenced to seven years transportation on the infamous slaver ships bound for Australia; the success of the American Revolution has closed the New World to England's unwanted population. During the horrific sea journey, Morgan becomes a leader among the men, protecting handsome Fourth Mate Stephen Donovan (called a Miss Molly by the crew), and forging a friendship that will last a lifetime

 This is the book!!

Jennie

Date Posted: 12/9/2009 4:20 PM ET
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The title is................................................

Date Posted: 12/24/2009 2:39 PM ET
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What about this one?     I think I still have it, PM me if you're interested and I'll look for it to post. 

Voyage of the Exiles (Land of the Far Horizons, No 1)
Author: Patricia Hickman

Trish

 

Sorry, I just checked my transaction archive- I apparently mailed this out several months ago.



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