Four Women On A Perilous Journey To A New World, Can Rely Only On Their Wits To Survive And Each Other Irreverent And Streetwise Prostitute Friday Woolfe Is In London S Notorious Newgate Gaol, Awaiting Transportation There, She Meets Three Other Girls Intelligent And Opportunistic Thief, Sarah Morgan, Naive Young Rachel Winter, And Reliable And Capable Seamstress, Harriet Clarke On The Voyage To New South Wales Their Friendship Becomes An Unbreakable Bond But There Are Others On Board Who Will Change Their Lives Forever Friday Makes An Implacable Enemy Of Bella Jackson, A Vicious Woman Whose Power Seems Undiminished By Her Arrest And Transportation, While Harriet Is Taken Under The Wing Of An Idealistic Doctor, James Downey Rachel Catches The Eye Of A Sinister Passenger With Than Honour On His Mind When They Finally Arrive On The Other Side Of The World, They Are Confined To The Grim And Overcrowded Parramatta Female Factory But Worse Is To Come As The Threat Of Separation Looms In The Land Behind The Sun, The Only Thing They Have Is Each Other


10 thoughts on “Behind the Sun (Convict Girls #1)

  1. Brenda Brenda says:

    As the individual lives of four young London women slowly came together, they finally met in the notorious Newgate jail where they all awaited the results of various criminal offences Because even petty offences were criminal acts in 1820s London the verdicts of transportation for all four of them was devastating but not unexpected Friday Woolfe was a streetwise prostitute and knew her way around she befriended and cared for young Sarah Morgan, Rachel Winter and Harriet Clarke Before long the four young women were as close as sisters they looked out for each other always.When the convict ship, the Isla left, bound for New South Wales, the horrors of seasickness meant only eleven of the over one hundred and twenty women and children on board didn t succumb Out of the four friends, only Harrie remained healthy she found herself helping in the ship s hospital under the watchful eye of Dr James Downey, also second in charge of the Isla As the days slowly made their way into weeks, the prisoners settled into an uneasy routine But with only women on board, there were some among the crew and paying passengers who were not at all honourable When tragedy struck as the ship was only a few week...


  2. PattyMacDotComma PattyMacDotComma says:

    5 What a happy, well written discovery this was I loved it Deborah Challinor has created four real women, very different from each other, who become as bound together as family while imprisoned in Newgate and then transported to Sydney Not once did I notice a word or description that seemed out of time or place, as so often happens with poor historical fiction It all rang true, and there s even a fairly extensive discussion of the real history of the times following the end of the story.It s tender, dark, uplifting, infuriating, mysterious, and ultimately, satisfying Conditions in Newgate Prison are described to the point that you gag at the stench in the cramped quarters and the putrid water closets, made worse by the diet of fart inducing gruel It opens November 1828, LondonFriday Woolfe blew warm air onto freezing hands in fingerless gloves 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 It felt like it might soon snow Feels like that cold s creeping straight up my fanny, Bets, she grumbled to her friend.Betsy Horrocks, her hands jammed into her armpit...


  3. ☼♄Jülie  ☼♄Jülie  says:

    Loved it, great read This book was absolutely jam packed with story and plotin fact several stories which all flowed seamlessly together and combined to make the overall story even credible Great characters with individually complex personalities kept the story flowing from one to the other without losing pace or interest.It gives some terrific insight into what it must have been like for female convicts before, during and after their transportation on a convict ship from the UK to the Coloniesincredible women.Every single page held interest and intri...


  4. Kathryn Kathryn says:

    3.5 I enjoyed this I listened to it as an audiobook and thought the narrator did a good job of the different voices I liked the characters Friday, Sarah, Harry Harriet and Rachael and I liked that it was partly set on the tall ship on which the women sailed to the penal colony of New South Wales I felt sorry for their situation at times and will look forward to reading the next one I think the second one will follow on very closely from this one, and it will be important to remember what happened in this one For this reason, I am including multiple major spoilers in the tag below, so that I can check back to remind myself of what happened whenever I get around to reading the next one So for anyone who hasn t read this book DO NOT read the spoiler below view spoiler On board the Isla not sure about spelling, since I listened to the book , Rachael gets drawn into the sticky web of fellow convict, Bella Jackson, to whom she owes a favour Bella operates a shipboard brothel servicing the sailors and the paying passengers Rachael is not working for Bella and is not a whore, but Bella offers up Rachael s services as a whore to one of the paying passenge...


  5. MichelleG MichelleG says:

    Behind the Sun is a heart wrenching story about 4 women who are convicted of petty crimes and sentenced to be transported to Colonial NSW, Australia All 4 women form fast friendships and soon come to rely on each other as family.The arduous 4 month long sea voyage from London to Australia is fraught with peril and unspeakable acts of violence, depravity and hardship but also colossal acts of kindness, friendship and love.This beautiful and heart wrenching tal...


  6. Steve Steve says:

    5 stars, simply for the fact that I could not put this down While I found some of it rather difficult to read, it was with the understanding that the early part of the 1800s in England and Sydney was a difficult time, without many of the benefits that we have now The story built up nicely, to something that approximated a climax, which left me a little shocked There was not much ...


  7. Kate Forsyth Kate Forsyth says:

    Deborah Challinor and I shared a stage at the Historical Novel Society Australasian conference in Melbourne a few years ago, and so I was keen to read some of her work She s a New Zealand author and historian who has written over a dozen books, quite a few of them set in Australia Behind the Sun is the first in a quartet following the adventures of four young women in the 1820s who are all convicted of various crimes and transported halfway around the world to the convict settlement of Sydney.There is Friday Woolfe, a cheeky and irreverent prostitute, Sarah Morgan, a cool and intelligent thief, Rachel Winter, young and beautiful and far too na ve, and Harriet Clarke, a seamstress who stole some cloth in the hopes of saving her family from starvation Moving from the filth of Newgate Prison, to the hardships of the notorious convict ships, and arriving at last in Sydney, t...


  8. Shelleyrae at Book& Shelleyrae at Book& says:

    Inspired by the lives of Deborah Challinor s ancestors, Behind the Sun is the first installment of a historical fiction series featuring four convict women transported from England to New South Wales in the late 1920 s Incarcerated in Newgate goal, Friday Woolfe, a streetwise prostitute, befriends Harriet Clarke, a timid seamstress, the prickly thief Sarah Morgan and the young and desperately naive Rachel Winter The unlikely foursome form a bond that supports them through the trials of imprisonment, the long journey to Australia and the unknown fate that awaits them in Sydneytown.I have always been fascinated with this period of Australian history and particularly enjoyed Behind the Sun for it s historical detail Challinor holds a PhD in history and the novel reflects her knowledge, though she admits to tweaking a fact or two to better tell the story The novel begins in England where we are introduced to the women and their crimes All stand accused of theft of some type and are incarcerated in London s notorious Newgate Goal awaiting sentence It is Friday and Harriet who first find each other, shortly joined by Sarah and Rachel Their disparate personalities create an interesting dynamic whose strengths and weaknesses all contribute to their survival Friday...


  9. Adrienne Adrienne says:

    4.5 starsI ve long been drawn to Australian historical novels and never tire of reading them Author Deborah Challinor is a new find for me This is the first book of hers I read and I couldn t put it down Th...


  10. Jacq Jacq says:

    Written for WAM book with another beautiful cover, however this one did not intrigue me in the slightest To me it looked a little bit too much like a romance, a bodice ripper Oh I could not have been wrong It s historical fiction and if only we were taught history like this Deborah Challinor has the qualifications, with a PhD in History, and importantly she has the soul of a storyteller.Behind the Sun draws on threads of history and weaves them into a tale of four girls Friday, Sarah, Harrie and Rachel Though sometimes it s hard to remember that they are just girls, all under twenty, from different backgrounds, and by one means or another they find themselves bound for the Colony They strike up a friendship before they leave Newgate Prison and you can almost feel the misery seeping through the lines The desperation, frustration and acceptance of what they did, why they did it and the consequences I want to tell you but I don t want to give it away It is a tale of enduring friendship, just like the dust jacket promises, and it...