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The Fatal Shore - Robert Hughes

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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.

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

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".

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Essential history

By David

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Pros

  • Easy To Understand
  • Informative
  • Inspirational
  • Relevant
  • Well Written

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Gift
    • Older Readers
    • Reference
    • Travel Reading

    Comments about The Fatal Shore:

    Robert Hughes' groundbreaking insight into what life was really like before and during the transportation era makes essential, if harrowing reading. He pulls no punches in describing life for the 'lower classes' in 18th.century England and how things changed for the much worse once the ships set sail. Put aside any nostalgia for the past of our distant ancestors!

    My only quibble is that Hughes has done an exhaustive amont of research, quoting frequently from his sources. It does tend to become an endless sequence of these – including occasionally contradictory 'facts' – linked with his writing instead of the cohesive narrative, framed in his inimitably evocative style, that it could have been.

    Nevertheless, I would not hesitate to suggest that all Australians need to read this book.

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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.

    ISBN: 9780099448549
    ISBN-10: 0099448548
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 720
    Published: January 2003
    Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0  x 3.9
    Weight (kg): 0.58