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The Ship That Never Was : The Greatest Escape Story Of Australian Colonial History - Adam Courtenay

The Ship That Never Was

The Greatest Escape Story Of Australian Colonial History

Paperback Published: 21st May 2018
ISBN: 9780733338571
Number Of Pages: 336

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In 1823, cockney sailor and chancer James Porter was convicted of stealing a stack of beaver furs and transported halfway around the world to Van Diemen's Land. After several escape attempts from the notorious penal colony, Porter, who told authorities he was a 'beer-machine maker', was sent to Sarah Island, known in Van Diemen's Land as hell on earth.

Many had tried to escape Sarah Island; few had succeeded. But when Governor George Arthur announced that the place would be closed and its prisoners moved to the new penal station of Port Arthur, Porter, along with a motley crew of other prisoners, pulled off an audacious escape. Wresting control of the ship they'd been building to transport them to their fresh hell, the escapees instead sailed all the way to Chile. What happened next is stranger than fiction, a fitting outcome for this true-life picaresque tale.

The Ship That Never Was is the entertaining and rollicking story of what is surely the greatest escape in Australian colonial history. James Porter, whose memoirs were the inspiration for Marcus Clarke's For the Term of his Natural Life, is an original Australian larrikin whose ingenuity, gift of the gab and refusal to buckle under authority make him an irresistible anti-hero who deserves a place in our history.

About the Author

Adam Courtenay is the son of Australia's best-loved storyteller, Bryce Courtenay. He is a Sydney-based writer and journalist who has had a long career in the UK and Australia, writing for papers such as the Financial Times, the Sunday Times, the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Australian Financial Review.

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This is a great depiction of the absolute horror that was convict life in Tasmania. The main miscreants at the centre of this great book showed undeniable courage and tenacity in their many escape attempts. The words "liberty or death" were their catch-cry and they fought hard for the first and against for the second. It is hard to fathom, now, what these convicted men (and all the other poor devils) actually endured. This book is an adventure story like no other so get a copy and immerse yourselves in it. You won't be disappointed.

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Great book

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Rushworth

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Great story of unknown Australian history.

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Fascinating story of convict life in Early Australia

Sydney

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Fascinating true story on colonial history

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The level of research into this story is truly phenomenal. It was a great read and for a casual reader (at best) I couldn't put it down.

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brilliant story, a great read!

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What an excellent story! Thoroughly enjoyed reading this!

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ISBN: 9780733338571
ISBN-10: 0733338577
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 21st May 2018
Publisher: ABC Books
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 15.3  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.41

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