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Review: A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia

User Review  - Steven - Goodreads

Half way in, and so far it's terrific. It lacks a little critical reasoning and historical discipline but it is not a dry academic history either (and I've read plenty of them). I'd put it ahead of ... Read full review

Review: A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia

User Review  - Martine Bailey - Goodreads

This was a thorough account of the first years of the New South Wales colony written in a readable novelistic form. I suppose my only gripe was the lack of depth in the footnotes. Keneally has always ... Read full review

Review: A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia

User Review  - Maureen - Goodreads

A brilliant description of early European settlement in Australia. I loved it but then again I am a history buff Read full review

Review: A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia

User Review  - Kristian - Goodreads

Takes you along for the journey in the great experiment of turning New South Whales into the new destination for transporting prisoners and how that community worked to survive. Interesting and full ... Read full review

Review: A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia

User Review  - Jessica - Goodreads

If you like to read history-type books, this is a good one. But it's definitely not a historical novel, so if you prefer personal narratives, there aren't many in this lengthy account of the founding of Australia. Read full review

Review: A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia

User Review  - Bonnie - Goodreads

3.5 stars Everything in this book was new to me – people I had never heard of before, events that had never entered my field of knowledge, names of places I've never visited. So, this was a very dense ... Read full review

Review: A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia

User Review  - Tracey - Goodreads

Interest in topic after reading The Wake of the Lorelei Lee: Being an Account of the Adventures of Jacky Faber, on her Way to Botany Bay Read full review

Review: A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia

User Review  - Casey Wheeler - Goodreads

Years ago I read “The Fatal Shore” by Robert Hughes and felt like reading again about the beginning of the great British experiment that became Australia. This caused me to pick up this book. While ... Read full review

Review: A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia

User Review  - Matthew - Goodreads

A very well written history of the founding of Australia. Too be honest there was nothing in here I had not read before. The author doesn't throq up any really novel interpretation of Australian ... Read full review

Review: A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia

User Review  - Maureen - Goodreads

I wanted to know more about the founding of Australia Well, this is the book. But it only looks, in excruciating detail, at the first convict transports and their initial stabs at surviving in what we ... Read full review


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