The Fatal Shore A History of the Transportation of Convicts to Australia, 1787-1868

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ISBN: 9780099448549

Author: Robert Hughes

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The authoritative, epic history of the British colonisation of Australia.

In 1787, the twenty-eighth year of the reign of King George III, the British Government sent a fleet to colonise Australia.

Documenting the brutal transportation of men, women and children out of Georgian Britain into a horrific penal system which was to be the precursor to the Gulag and was the origin of Australia, The Fatal Shore is the definitive, masterfully written narrative that has given its true history to Australia.

'A unique phantasmagoria of crime and punishment, which combines the shadowy terrors of Goya with the tumescent life of Dickens' Peter Ackroyd, The Times

'An enthralling account… brimming over with rare and pungent characters, and tales of pathos, bravery, and horror' Peter Matthiessen, author of The Snow Leopard

Number of Pages : 688 

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