South of darkness (Marsden, John)

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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 figure. 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.