Fog hung heavy over the street, deadening shouts and laughter from the nearby taverns and making a small yellow moon of the solitary gas light on the corner. She has really brought the period to life. For some not so much, as the ship did carry male passengers, and of course the crew. Indeed, the other London watchmakers seem frightened of her. When they finally arrive on the other side of the world, they are confined to the grim and overcrowded Parramatta Female Factory. Feb 12, Jacq rated it liked it.

All four are guilty, but possess vastly different in personalities and experiences. Not once did I notice a word or description that seemed out of time or place, as so often happens with poor historical fiction. Return to Book Page. Sifting through the ancient papers, Ruth discovers the diary and letters written by her ancestor from the 18th century, Thomas Erskine. Below, we will take a closer look at the different characters and book series that Challinor has authored. Behind the Sun is the first in a quartet following the adventures of four young women in the s who are all convicted of various crimes and transported halfway around the world to the convict settlement of Sydney.

Sarah Morgan was a jeweller, but is now one of the best thieves in London. She even manages an ‘information dump’ in a convincing way by turning it into dialogue or as part of a diary. The author is Australian convict royalty indeed, being descended from three convicts, one of whom arrived in Botany Bay on the th ship as my ancestor – the Lady Juliana ina This is the first novel in a series aboaut four young women, convicted felons, who are transported to the penal colony of Botany Bay in the late s.

Myrna plans to travel to Auckland and to create the best brothel in the city.

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The begining is set in London, in the Newgate Gaol, where 4 ladies meet. View all 7 comments. Kimberley Freeman Narrated by: Mar 21, Steve rated it it was amazing Shelves: Both novels have been at the top of the New Zealand fiction bestseller list.


Preview — Behind the Sun by Deborah Challinor. Recommended to Sam Still Reading by: The author is Australian convict royalty indeed, being descended from three convicts, one of whom arrived in Behihd Bay on the same ship as my ancestor – the Lady Juliana in behihd, also infamously known as the Floating Brothel, but that is another story.

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It is a tale of enduring friendship, just like the dust jacket promises, and it does bring to light the predicament of women convicts: Sixteen-year-old Matilda is a poor Covent Garden flower girl until the day she saves the life of Tabitha, a minister’s daughter. Their arrival in Botany Bay signals the beginning of their seven years of punishment beginning with the transfer to the Parramatta Factory where they stay until suitable employment is found, usually in a shop or as a domestic servant.

Transferred to the Parramatta Female Factory on arrival, they found a place which was overcrowded and not dissimilar to Newgate Prison.

Feb 12, Jacq rated it liked it.

Beginning in ‘s London and finishing in ‘s old Sydney Town I loved following the lives of the four main female characters who were transported for various crimes to Australia. Their months on board ends at Parramatta Female Factory, the remains of which is still in Parramatta to this day.

I really enjoyed this story and of course I am great fan of HF although, being Australian, I often get a bit disappointed about how convict transportation to this country sometimes is portrayed unrealistically.

Rachel however falls victim to Bella Jackson, a notorious and ruthless madam, whose manipulations results in tragedy for Rachel, leaving her friends swearing to take their revenge. Challinor has done a wun job in brining each of the girls to life and setting the scene for a wonderful continuation. Ships carrying convicts were still regular arrivals untilwith the women convicts being offloaded and transferred to the Parramatta Female Factory Precint, a short distance up the Parramatta River.


It is only when some dramatic Byzantine pearls are loaned to the museum that Severine’s poise is begind and the tightly controlled life she’s built around herself is shattered India Steele is desperate.

In the land behind the sun, the only thing they have is each other I ssun definitely read the other books in the series. While I found some of it rather difficult to read, it was with the understanding that the early part of the s in England and Sydney was a difficult time, without many of the benefits that we have now.

Circumstances alone have created these unlikely, unbreakable friendships. Author Deborah Challinor is a “new find” for me.

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I loved the historical content of this book. Sometimes I felt like the s word did not really fit there. And the story doesn’t end there. This book was absolutely jam packed with story and plot Four young women, thrown together by their need to survive, form a friendship in the notorious Newgate Gaol.

Without a mother, Rosie is at the debirah of her father and thuggish brothers. They all challinir transported to New South Wales together. Every 2 weeks we send out an e-mail with Book Recommendations.