The Fatal Shore
In 1787, the twenty-eighth year of the reign of King George III, the British Government sent a fleet to colonize Australia.
An epic description of 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 prize-winning, scholarly, brilliantly entertaining narrative that has given its true history to Australia.
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Review: The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia's FoundingUser Review - Jay - Goodreads
Australia is a huge, epic, and often harsh land. This book is also huge, epic, and sometimes hard to read. Not because it's badly written--just the opposite; Robert Hughes is a master of the English ... Read full review
Review: The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia's FoundingUser Review - Thomas Ullman - Goodreads
It's a heck of a read but then again it's a heck of a story. There are not many nations that can date themselves to a single day in history but 'European' Australia can. Robert Hughes describes the ... Read full review