A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia (Paperback)
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Short Description for A Commonwealth of Thieves Keneally offers a novelistic chronicle of the founding of the colony now known as Australia, focusing on the first five years, 1788 to 1793, when the initial flotillas of boats carrying convicts, their military guard, and administrators arrived in New South Wales.
- Published: 04 December 2007
- Format: Paperback 385 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781400079568 ISBN 10: 140007956X
- Sales rank: 85,915
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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.