The Commonwealth of Thieves

Author(s): Tom Keneally

World History | Secondhand

Australia is the only modern society to have begun as a dedicated penal settlement. It was an experiment that should have ended like others of its kind in a stew of murder, rebellion and starvation. In this compelling, vivid and moving recreation of the first four years of 'the Sydney experiment', Tom Keneally examines how a motley 'thief colony' exiled by England as incapable of civilised development, not only survived, but flourished into a sophisticated modern society. History at its surprising and gripping best.

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General Fields

  • : 9781740513371
  • : randnz
  • : randnz
  • : October 2005
  • : Australia
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Tom Keneally
  • : Hardback
  • : 1
  • : 919.44
  • : 540