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The latest novel from award-winning author, Charlotte Randall, The Bright Side of My Condition is based on the true story of four convicts who were marooned on the remote Snares Islands in the early years of the nineteenth century. A gripping story of survival from a brilliantly intelligent novelist.

When the Captain find us stowaways and give us the choice between join the island or join the crew, all of us to a man cry island! island! So he put us ashore with a few provisions and a trypot and sail away.
After escaping from the Norfolk Island penal colony on a sealing ship, Bloodworth and his three fellow convicts are left on a remote southern island by a captain who promises to pick them up in a year's time.
It will be many years before they see another ship. During that time four men, with nothing in common but a desire to escape and a need to survive, live together in cramped and freezing isolation. Slangam believes hard work will see them through, Toper puts his faith in the Divine, Gargantua leans on his learning and Bloodworth watches – both his fellow felons and the inhospitable environment.
Based on the true story of four convicts who spent more than nine years on the Snares Islands in the early nineteenth century, Charlotte Randall's latest novel is a riveting, intelligent and powerful work of fiction.
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2014 New Zealand Post Book Awards Fiction Pize finalist


'...the real joy of this novel is the inventiveness with which Randall evokes the mindset of sea-faring men from the early 19th century...she presents a set of voices that are as convincing as they are intriguing to 21st-century ears.' --Metro


'Skilful, intelligent and witty ... this novel demands, and rewards, attention' --Simon Garrett, NZ Listener


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  • Trade Paperback


    January 29, 2014


    248 pages

    RRP $30.00

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  • The Bright Side Of My Condition
    Charlotte Randall



    January 29, 2014

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