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    DescriptionIn January of 1788, the First Fleet arrived in New South Wales and a thousand British men and women encountered the people who will be their new neighbours - the beach nomads of Australia. "These people mixed with ours," wrote a British observer soon after the landfall, "and all hands danced together." What followed would determine relations between the peoples for the next two hundred years. Drawing skilfully on first-hand accounts and historical records, Inga Clendinnen reconstructs the complex dance of curiosity, attraction, and mistrust performed by the protagonists of either side. She brings this key chapter in British colonial history brilliantly alive. Then we discover why the dancing stopped...


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    Title
    Dancing with Strangers
    Subtitle
    The True History of the Meeting of the British First Fleet and the Aboriginal Australians, 1788
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Inga Clendinnen
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 148 mm
    Height: 224 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 440 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781841956992
    ISBN 10: 1841956996
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    BIC subject category V2: HBLL
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1MBF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1, JFSL9, HBJM, HBTQ, HBTR
    BISAC V2.8: HIS004000
    BIC subject category V2: 1MBF
    DC22: 994.400421
    BISAC V2.8: HIS054000
    Thema V1.0: NHD, JBSL11, NHM, NHTR, NHTQ
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3M
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1MBF
    Thema interest age/special interest qualifier V1.0: 5PB-AU-A
    Edition statement
    Main ed
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations, maps
    Publisher
    Canongate Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Canongate Books Ltd
    Publication date
    25 May 2006
    Publication City/Country
    Edinburgh
    Author Information
    INGA CLENDINNEN is a distinguished historian and author. Reading the Holocaust was named a New York Times Best Book of the Year and was awarded the New South Wales Premier's General History Award in 1999. Her subsequent work, Tiger's Eye was awarded the 2002 Adelaide Festival Award for Innovation and the Nita B Kibble Award for Women Writers 2001 and was shortlisted for the Age Book of the Year Award 2000. Her essays and short stories have been widely published.
    Review quote
    "'Clendinnen writes so well, with an eye for detail and character that make her a pleasure to read... Her words dance across the page' NEW YORK TIMES 'I cannot imagine that a more vivid or beguiling account of the origins of British Australia will ever be written. An extraordinary achievement' ROBERT MANNE, AGE"