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An extraordinary volume--even a masterpiece--about the early history of Australia that reads like the finest of novels. Hughes captures everything in this complex tableau with narrative finesse that drives the reader ever-deeper into specific facts and greater understanding. He presents compassionate understanding of the plights of colonists--both freemen and convicts--and the Aboriginal peoples they displaced. One of the very best works of history I have ever read. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
For 80 years between 1788 and 1868 England transported its convicts to Australia. This punishment provided the first immigrants and the work force to build the colony. Using diaries, letters, and original sources, Hughes meticulously documents this history. All sides of the story are told: the political and social reasoning behind the Transportation System, the viewpoint of the captains who had the difficult job of governing and developing the colonies, and of course the dilemma of the prisoners. This is a very thorough and accurate history of Australian colonization written by the author of the book and BBC/Time-Life TV series The Shock of the New . A definitive work that is an essential purchase for both public and academic libraries. BOMC and History Book Club main selections. Judith Nixon, Purdue Univ. Libs., W. Lafayette, Ind.
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Not finished yet. A too long description of the justice business in England in 18th century.Published 8 months ago by Andre McClure
I'm off to Australia for six weeks over Christmas and this book is required reading for me. It's so well-written and easy to read, full of fascinating detail about the country's... Read morePublished on Oct. 7 2009 by E. Godley
I read this book in anticipation of a trip to Australia, and indeed it was an excellent backdrop to travel there. Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2004 by C H Miller
*The Fatal Shore* was originally recomended when I entered the criminal justice field, and is one of the few books I've ever read in one sitting. Read morePublished on Jan. 11 2004 by Scott W. Talkington
This is a warped and nihilistic view of Australia - which is probably the happiest and most successful society in the world, and with an unbroken record of peaceful democracy and... Read morePublished on Nov. 1 2003 by Susan Norton
When you think about fiction you naturally look at various levels of interpretation. From the plot downwards to author's subconscious and upwards towards historical-social-critical... Read morePublished on Dec 31 2002 by R. M. Williams
This book is the gruelling story of the transportation of convicts from Britain to Australia, told at great length and in great detail. Read morePublished on July 7 2002 by MR G. Rodgers
Hughes has written the definitive work on the founding of the British colony in Australia. He spends just enough time discussing the social woes of the United Kingdom that lead to... Read morePublished on July 1 2002 by Glenn McDorman
Spurred on by Down Under (by Bill Bryson), I found this book already on my shelves and decided to give Australian history a fighting chance. Read morePublished on March 18 2002 by Stephen Paul Ryder