The Fatal Shore

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Random House, Feb 23, 2010 - History - 720 pages
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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 Founding

User 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 Founding

User Review  - Mike Histand - Goodreads

This was a tour de force on the part of Hughes. It is an exhaustive and exhausting chronicle of the period 1788-1858 when the "transportation" of criminals from Briton to Australia occurred. The ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Robert Hughes, art critic of Time magazine and twice winner of the American College Art Association's F. J. Mather Award for distinguished criticism, is author of The Shock of the New, and of Heaven and Hell in Western Art, both written before the present work. He is also author of the acclaimed Nothing if Not Critical, "criticism at its most intelligent and impressive, trenchant, lucid, elegantly written" in the words of William Boyd; a work on Frank Auerbach; Barcelona, and Culture of Complaint, essays on the fraying of America, described in the Observer as " the most bracing of critical broadsides against new anti-intellectual tyrannies". Robert Hughes died in August 2012.

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