A Commonwealth of Thieves
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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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
LibraryThing ReviewUser 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