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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (94 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carol Birch Narrator: Anna Bentinck Publisher: Hachette Digital Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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New South Wales, 1817. Margaret Catchpole is stranded at a settler's homestead as the floodwater draws in, and she finds herself facing death - as she has several times before. She looks back over her life - the complex and stormy partnership with Will Laud, a 'hell-born-babe', that led her into the world of smuggling and in to a double life. After Will is forced to flee the country, Margaret is taken on as a nursemaid by the wealthy Cobbold family, but a crime against them means she is tried and sentenced to hang. She avoids death but when an elaborate gaol escape fails, Will is shot dead and Margaret captured. Sentenced once more to hang, she looks death full in the face. But she doesn't die.

Her sentence is transmuted to transportation for life to Australia. The novel explores a deeply divided society. Ironically, by reaching the lowest depths and being cast out by the society which spawned her, Margaret finds her true role as an independent pioneer in a young colony.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Pawneet | 10/6/2013

    " One of the finest books I have ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kay Wells | 10/26/2012

    " Based on a true story set in the 1700's. Smuggler Margaret Catchpole. Would read another by author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jay | 8/22/2012

    " It has everything...English servants and pirates and deportation to Australia. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tara | 11/16/2011

    " Great story, based on fact - some excellent writing from Carol Birch though in the end I wasn't totally convinced by her main character. "

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