1788

1788 The Brutal Truth of the First Fleet

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Synopsis

Set against the backdrop of Georgian England with its peculiar mix of elegance, prosperity, progress, and squalor, the story of the First Fleet is one of courage, shortsightedness, tragedy, but above all, extraordinary resilience. Separated from loved ones and traveling in cramped conditions for the months-long journey to Botany Bay, the first European Australians suffered the most unbearable hardship upon arrival on Australian land, where a near famine dictated that rations be cut to the bone. Questions such as Why was the settlement of New South Wales proposed in the first place? and Who were the main players in a story that changed the world and ultimately forged the Australian nation? are answered using diaries, letters, and official records. Artfully reconstructing the experiences of these famous and infamous men and women of history, this book combines narrative skill with an eye for detail and an exceptional empathy with the people of the past.

Book information

ISBN: 9781741668001
Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia
Imprint: William Heinemann Australia
Pub date:
Language: English
Number of pages: 392
Weight: 284g
Height: 199mm
Width: 156mm
Spine width: 27mm