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The international best-selling rags-to-riches saga of a convict woman's ambition and courage in colonial Australia. A gripping pause-resister - more than two million copies sold worldwide.
Sara Dane is an 18th-century young Englishwoman, unjustly sentenced and transported to the penal colony of Australia. Follow Sara's struggle to raise herself from the status of a convict to a position of wealth and power.
Sara faces many challenges, from the savage voyage aboard a convict ship to the corruption and prejudice rife in New South Wales. Life in the colony is harsh, and Sara has to contend with natural disasters and convict outbreaks, as well as the snobbery of the high society she wishes to enter.
Sara's life is also influenced in often surprising ways by the men who love her, childhood sweetheart Richard Barwell, ship's officer-turned-landowner Andrew Maclay, Frenchman Louis de Bourget, and the Irish political prisoner Jeremy Hogan.
A compelling historical novel full of adventure, romance, rivalries, tragedies, and triumphs, also broadcast as a popular TV mini-series and radio series.
What the critics say
"A grand story." (Yorkshire Evening Post)
"[A] fine sweep of urgent vitality." (The Times)
"A magnificent piece of evocative writing." (Glasgow Herald)