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1788 : The Brutal Truth of the First Fleet

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Never before or since has there been an experiment quite as bold as this. Set against the backdrop of Georgian England with its peculiar mix of elegance, prosperity, progress and squalor, the story of the First Fleet is one of courage, short-sightedness, tragedy but above all of extraordinary resilience. It is also, of course, the story of the very first European Australians, reluctant pioneers who travelled into the unknown - the vast majority against their will - in order to form a colony by order of the King's government. Separated from loved ones and travelling in cramped conditions for the months-long journey to Botany Bay, they suffered the most unbearable hardship on arrival on Australian land, where a near-famine dictated that rations be cut to the bone. But why was the settlement of New South Wales proposed in the first place? Who were the main players in a story that changed the world and ultimately forged the Australian nation? How did the initial skirmishes with the indigenous population break out and how did the relationship turn sour so quickly? Using diaries, letters and official records, David Hill artfully reconstructs the experiences of these famous and infamous men and women of history, combining narrative skill with an eye for detail and an exceptional empathy with the people of the past.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 130 x 194 x 28mm | 258.55g
  • Random House Australia
  • William Heinemann Australia
  • North Sydney, Australia
  • English
  • 174166800X
  • 9781741668001
  • 41,288

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"A must for your bookshelf . . . the best book I have read all year." --"News Mail"show more

About David Hill

David Hill is the author of The Forgotten Children.show more

Customer reviews

I liked this. 1788 by David Hill is a chunky, easy-to-read simple narrative of Australia's first years of European settlement, but there was detail and gossip I didn't know about, and it was a forceful reminder of the astonishing courage of those who came here on the First Fleet. To read the rest of this review please visit http://anzlitlovers.wordpress.com/2008/11/20/1788-by-david-hill/show more
by Lisa Hill