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As an Australian who learnt a shamefully small and distorted part of our country┐s history at school, and who has since developed an avid interest in Australian history, I began reading Keneally┐s A ... Read full review

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

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This was the very interesting history of Australia. I had no idea that it was a dumping place for England's convicts. How amazing that it worked out, and the poor Aborigines! This was NOT a quick read ... Read full review

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

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tough read. A very detailed account of the events at Botany Bay and Sidney Harbor between 1788 and 1792. At times tough to read, confusing and repetitive. Something for the toughest among the history buffs. Read full review

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

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Unemotional view of events surrounding European settlement of Australia - entirely readable for a history. Important to note Australia existed as a nation long before European settlement, so it is not ... Read full review

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

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I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in a narrow version of the first decade or two of the British settlement of Australia focused mainly on the convicts transported there and the level of supplies of food. Read full review

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

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Didn't enjoy this as much as I hoped I would. Keneally writes eloquently and with passion, drawing out the various issues and tensions which defined the settlement of Sydney Cove as a penal colony in ... Read full review

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

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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

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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

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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

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A good introduction to the history of colonial Australia. It could have been improved by less run-on sentences and a condescending tone that was clearly meant to convey knowledge to "the common people ... Read full review


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