The Fatal Shore


By Robert Hughes (Author)
Format: Paperback / softback 720 pages, 16
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Imprint: Vintage
ISBN: 9780099448549
Published: 2 Jan 2003
Classifications: United Kingdom, Great Britain, Australia, c 1700 to c 1800, Australasian & Pacific history, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900, Penology & punishment
Weight: 568g
Dimensions: 197 x 129 x 40 (mm)

An award-winning epic on the birth of Australia. In 1787, the twenty-eighth year of the reign of King George III, the British Government sent a fleet to colonise Australia. Documenting the brutal transportation of men, women and children out of Georgian Britain into a horrific penal system which was to be the precursor to the Gulag and was the origin of Australia, The Fatal Shore is the definitive, masterfully written narrative that has given its true history to Australia.

'A unique phantasmagoria of crime and punishment, which combines the shadowy terrors of Goya with the tumescent life of Dickens' The Times

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