A Commonwealth of Thieves

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 4, 2007 - History - 385 pages
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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.


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

User Review  - John Patterson - Goodreads

Kathy and Ash recommended this after our trip to Australia. The story of how the colony in Botany Bay was founded. Interesting history. 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

Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
19
Section 3
49
Section 4
58
Section 5
76
Section 6
88
Section 7
110
Section 8
123
Section 15
204
Section 16
218
Section 17
245
Section 18
257
Section 19
270
Section 20
279
Section 21
289
Section 22
295

Section 9
152
Section 10
159
Section 11
171
Section 12
186
Section 13
190
Section 14
197
Section 23
305
Section 24
320
Section 25
359
Section 26
363
Section 27
368
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About the author (2007)

THOMAS KENEALLY has won international acclaim for his novels Schindler’s List (the basis for the movie and the winner of the Booker Prize), The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Confederates, Gossip from the Forest, The Playmaker, Woman of the Inner Sea, A River Town, Office of Innocence, and The Tyrant’s Novel. His most recent works of nonfiction are The Great Shame and American Scoundrel. He resides in Sydney, Australia.


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