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The Fatal Shore

Author: Robert Hughes  

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"An extraordinary vivid yet authentic account of the birthpangs of a nation. A work of real distinction' Philip Ziegler"

An epic description of 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.
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"An extraordinary vivid yet authentic account of the birthpangs of a nation. A work of real distinction' Philip Ziegler"

An epic description of 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.

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In 1787, the twenty-eighth year of the reign of King George III, the British Government sent a fleet to colonize Australia...An epic description of 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 prize-winning, scholarly, brilliantly entertaining narrative that has given its true history to Australia.

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Critic Reviews

"A unique phantasmagoria of crime and punishment, which combines the shadowy terrors of Goya with the tumescent life of Dickens" Peter Ackroyd, The Times "A triumph of research, passion and fine writing. I found it an extraordinary and compelling book to read, one of fantastic scope and imagination; truly a tour de force" William Shawcross "Riveting" The Book Magazine "With its mood and stature...The Fatal Shore is well on its way to becoming the standard opus on the convict years" Sydney Sunday Telegraph "An enthralling account of the convict settlement of Australia, thoroughly researched and excellently written, brimming over with rare and pungent characters, and tales of pathos, bravery, and horror" Peter Matthiessen

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About the Author

Robert Hughes, art critic of Time magazine and twice winner of the American College Art Association's F. J. Mather Award for distinguished criticism, is author of The Shock of the New, and of Heaven and Hell in Western Art, both written before the present work. He is also author of the acclaimed Nothing if Not Critical, "criticism at its most intelligent and impressive, trenchant, lucid, elegantly written" in the words of William Boyd; a work on Frank Auerbach; Barcelona, and Culture of Complaint, essays on the fraying of America, described in the Observer as " the most bracing of critical broadsides against new anti-intellectual tyrannies". Robert Hughes died in August 2012.

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Product Details

Publisher
Vintage Publishing | Vintage
Published
2nd January 2003
Pages
720
ISBN
9780099448549

CUSTOMER REVIEWS

19 May, 2021
A wonderful book by Robert Hughes. Should be made compulsory reading for all school children. They would see how Australia really started instead of the rubbish the Education Department is pushing today!
By Bruce
12 Apr, 2018
Great book, great service from The Nile
By Renae
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