A compelling historical novel full of adventure, romance, rivalries, tragedies and triumphs.
Sara Dane is an eighteenth-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.
During her lifetime Catherine Gaskin’s books sold over 40 million copies worldwide, and she was known as “The Queen of Storytellers”. Sara Dane is arguably her best known work, an international bestseller, it was also made into a popular TV mini-series.
Praise for Sara Dane:
“…a fine sweep of urgent vitality…” The Times
“A magnificent piece of evocative writing.” Glasgow Herald
“A grand story.” Yorkshire Evening Post