A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia
It was 1786 when Arthur Phillip, an ambitious captain in the Royal Navy, was assigned the formidable task of organizing an expedition to Australia in order to establish a penal colony. The squalid and turbulent prisons of London were overflowing, and crime was on the rise. Even the hulks sifting at anchor in the Thames were packed with malcontent criminals and petty thieves. So the English government decided to undertake the unprecedented move of shipping off its convicts to a largely unexplored landmass at the other end of the world.
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Fact is often more interesting than fictionUser Review - mpidd - Overstock.com
As an Australian who learnt a shamefully small and distorted part of our countrys history at school and who has since developed an avid interest in Australian history I began reading Keneallys A ... Read full review
A commonwealth of thieves: the improbable birth of AustraliaUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Booker Prize winner Keneally (Schindler's List ) seeks to illuminate the human side of England's colonization of Australia. In the 18th century, the English penal system was severely overcrowded, and ... Read full review