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For the Term of His Natural Life

Marcus Clarke

For the Term of his Natural Life, written by Marcus Clarke, was published in the Australian Journal between 1870 and 1872 (as His Natural Life), appearing as a novel in 1874. It is the best known novelisation of life as a convict in early Australian history. Described as a "ripping yarn", and at times relying on seemingly implausible coincidences, the story follows the fortunes of Rufus Dawes, a young man transported for a murder which he did not commit. The harsh and inhumane treatment meted out to the convicts, some of whom were transported for relatively minor crimes, is clearly conveyed. The conditions experienced by the convicts are graphically described. The novel was based on research by the author as well as a visit to the penal settlement of Port Arthur, Tasmania. (summary from Wikipedia)

For the Term of his Natural Life, written by Marcus Clarke, was published in the Australian Journal between 1870 and 1872 (as His Natural Life), appearing as a novel in 1874. It is the best known novelisation of life as a convict in early Australian history. Described as a "ripping yarn", and at times relying on seemingly implausible coincidences, the story follows the fortunes of Rufus Dawes, a young man transported for a murder which he did not commit. The harsh and inhumane treatment meted out to the convicts, some of whom were transported for relatively minor crimes, is clearly conveyed. The conditions experienced by the convicts are graphically described. The novel was based on research by the author as well as a visit to the penal settlement of Port Arthur, Tasmania. (summary from Wikipedia)
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For the Term of his Natural Life, written by Marcus Clarke, was published in the Australian Journal between 1870 and 1872 (as His Natural Life), appearing as a novel in 1874. It is the best known novelisation of life as a convict in early Australian history. Described as a "ripping yarn", and at times relying on seemingly implausible coincidences, the story follows the fortunes of Rufus Dawes, a young man transported for a murder which he did not commit. The harsh and inhumane treatment meted out to the convicts, some of whom were transported for relatively minor crimes, is clearly conveyed. The conditions experienced by the convicts are graphically described. The novel was based on research by the author as well as a visit to the penal settlement of Port Arthur, Tasmania. (summary from Wikipedia)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

18h 20m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

24:52


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

17:03


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

15:57


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:15


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:28


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

14:10


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

22:43


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

18:07


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

15:50


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

11:13


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

16:12


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

10:53


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

01:28


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:14


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:36


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

22:31


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:12


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:40


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

16:55


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

10:43


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

13:49


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

12:22


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

14:53


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

28:33


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

19:10


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

09:00


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

17:37


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

15:20


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

11:23


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

13:23


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

27:31


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

22:35


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

22:07


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

17:59


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

14:18


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

16:12


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

11:22


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:20


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

20:16


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

30:05


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:35


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

14:24


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

11:01


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

18:35


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

14:31


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

11:05


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

10:01


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:13


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:49


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:05


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

18:51


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

25:17


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

12:29


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

14:54


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

10:25


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

26:17


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

15:38


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

27:08


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

24:40


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

18:36


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

10:35


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

10:13


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

13:30


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

09:29


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

10:04


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

11:09


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

16:05


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:15


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

13:22


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

14:24


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

22:34


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

15:39


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:34


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

11:29


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

12:57


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

01:10