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A COMMONWEALTH OF THIEVES: The Improbable Birth of Australia

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

A celebrated novelist (Schindler's List, 1982, etc.) and historian (American Scoundrel, 2002, etc.) writes the early history of the English settlers—the convicts and their keepers—of his native Australia.Keneally begins with a striking image from 1788: Eleven ships, crammed with criminals, tossing on the Pacific between Antarctica and the continent that will come to be known as Australia. The ... Read full review

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