South of Darkness

South of DarknessThe first novel for adults from Australia’s master storyteller: John Marsden

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.

A riveting story of courage, hope and extraordinary adventure.



MELBOURNE: Dymocks Literary Event, Tuesday 28 October 2014 – John Marsden ‘in conversation’

SYDNEY: Dymocks Literary Event, Thursday 30 October 2014 – John Marsden ‘in conversation’

BRISBANE: Riverbend Books Event, Sunday 2 November 2014 – John Marsden ‘in conversation’