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 - Justin Evans - Goodreads
In which Mr Hughes destroys most of the myths Australians tell ourselves, whether conservative ("we're not really descended from convicts") or, more usually, progressive ("the convicts were mostly ... Read full review
Review: The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia's FoundingUser Review - Boomerang - Goodreads
This book explains a lot about Australian culture - why it's so anti-authority, why 'mates time' is so strong, why going slow on the job is seen as OK, why racism is so ingrained, why having a trade ... Read full review