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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".
A masterfully written, staggeringly researched account of the brutality and obsessive drive of establishing a penal colony "at the end of the earth"
Insightful & engaging look into Australia's colonial history
Very interesting book for someone who is keen to learn about Australia's colonial history, and to get a good perspective of the times. Not just a book about 1788 onward. It gives insight into Britain in the and 18th and 19th Centuries, and the story behind the convicts that were sent to Australia.
Adam the Reader
One of the most informative books on Australian history.
I couldn't put it down and am now reading it again for things I missed the first time! Excellent work.
A brilliant piece of writing
Very detailed and thoroughly researched account of Australia's convict past. A must read for anyone interested in Australia's British roots and convict history.
If you read one book on Austalian history make it this one
The magnificent use of the English language by Hughes to impart information, description and enjoyment of reading does not get much better than this.
da vinci's housekeeper
south east Queensland
Should be part of the schools curriculum
Prompt service and delivery on time
Adel the bookworm friend
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.
Yarra Valley, AU
The Fatal Shore
"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
ISBN: 9780099448549 ISBN-10: 0099448548 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 720 Published: January 2003 Publisher: Vintage Publishing Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0
Weight (kg): 0.57
Edition Number: 1
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.