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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Review: A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of AustraliaUser Review - Koby Jargstorf - Goodreads
This book was rather well written, and at times it seemed like I was reading a (slow-paced) novel. When I read history, I tend to pick out favorite facts that I remember and discuss with people later ... Read full review
Review: A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of AustraliaUser Review - Daniel Farabaugh - Goodreads
A nice solid history of the founding of Australia. It is a bit dry in places and at times it is hard to picture what the various settlements looked like in relation to one another. But overall good. Read full review