A Commonwealth of Thieves : The Improbable Birth of Australia

Description

In this spirited history of the remarkable first four years of the convict settlement of Australia, Thomas Keneally offers us a human view of a fascinating piece of history. Combining the authority of a renowned historian with a brilliant narrative flair, Keneally gives us an inside view of this unprecedented experiment from the perspective of the new colony's governor, Arthur Phillips. Using personal journals and documents, Keneally re-creates the hellish overseas voyage and the challenges Phillips faced upon arrival: unruly convicts, disgruntled officers, bewildered and hostile natives, food shortages, and disease. He also offers captivating portrayals of Aborigines and of convict settlers who were determined to begin their lives anew. A Commonwealth of Thieves immerses us in the fledgling penal colony and conjures up the thrills and hardships of those first four improbable years.

Details

Author(s)
Thomas Keneally
Format
Paperback | 385 pages
Dimensions
132.08 x 200.66 x 22.86mm | 272.15g
Publication date
04 Dec 2007
Publisher
Waterbrook Press (A Division of Random House Inc)
Publication City/Country
Colorado, United States
Language
English
Edition statement
Reprint
Illustrations note
Maps
ISBN10
140007956X
ISBN13
9781400079568
Bestsellers rank
138,184