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User Review  - charlie68 - LibraryThing

A good enveloping account of the arrival of prisoners to the penal colony of what is now Australia. Mr. Keneally knows his subjects inside-out and brings a unique perspective to the events. Read full review

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User Review  - PennyAnne - LibraryThing

Fascinating account of the settlement of Australia from the landing of the First Fleet and through the first few years of the colony. Easy to read, very informative and with a focus on individual ... Read full review

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User Review  - arubabookwoman - LibraryThing

I first heard of Thomas Keneally 25 or so years ago when I read his novel Confederates, a story about the US Civil War. I'm not a Civil War buff, and can't say I know its history in depth, but I was ... Read full review

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User Review  - broughtonhouse - LibraryThing

There's no doubt Tom Keneally can tell an engrossing tale, and he does so in this account of the first few years of european invasion in Sydney. Rather than sweep across a huge topic he focusses on ... Read full review

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User Review  - Oreillynsf - LibraryThing

The founding of Australia is astonishing, especially when Keneally tells it. This book chronicles this story in such an epic way. Switching constantly and intriguingly from politics and global issues ... Read full review

A COMMONWEALTH OF THIEVES: The Improbable Birth of Australia

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

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 ... Read full review

Fact is often more interesting than fiction

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

A commonwealth of thieves: the improbable birth of Australia

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

Booker Prize winner Keneally (Schindler's List ) seeks to illuminate the human side of England's colonization of Australia. In the 18th century, the English penal system was severely overcrowded, and ... Read full review

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User Review  - SpaceyAcey - LibraryThing

Very good! I could not put it down. Read full review

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