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Jennie R. (pony) - ,
Subject: older book about being transported to Australia
Date Posted: 12/8/2009 11:20 AM ET
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I read years ago this book about a man who was sent to Newgate in England, and later sent to Australia. The story is about how his family tried to help him,  and the one thing that stands out in my mind is that the family collected as many rags as possible to wrap around his shackles.  The book is somewhat true. Does anyone remember the name or the author?

  Jennie

Date Posted: 12/8/2009 1:45 PM ET
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No, but it sounds really interesting!  Maybe try asking in the Historical Fiction forum.

Date Posted: 12/8/2009 4:39 PM ET
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I believe that The Exiles by Wiliam Stuart Long fits this description.  It is a 14 book series (14 I think) that takes the reader to current time. 

Jennie R. (pony) - ,
Date Posted: 12/8/2009 7:08 PM ET
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this book was written by a woman. It was based on a friend of hers family that did have a male relative shipped to Australia. What made the book so good was the way things were for the average person in England. A very hard life there and Australia.

Jennie R. (pony) - ,
Date Posted: 12/8/2009 7:20 PM ET
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Another person thought the book I was looking for was The Secret River, by Kate Grenville. I looked up this book and it similar. The book I am looking for is older. I wonder if this is a reprint??

  Jennie

Date Posted: 12/9/2009 9:17 AM ET
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This sounds like Morgan's Run by Colleen McCoullough.  I know she wrote the book because it was a relative of hers.  Supposedly, she was going to write another book about him, but has yet to.


CR



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Jennie R. (pony) - ,
Date Posted: 12/9/2009 1:25 PM ET
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HMcCullough'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

Yes!! I am sure this is the book, thank you

  Jennie

Date Posted: 12/9/2009 4:58 PM ET
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You're welcome.  It's a very good book, albeit a bit depressing.

CR

Date Posted: 12/11/2009 2:41 PM ET
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Check out The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant which is a movie based on a number of books about, well, Mary Bryant



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