The Commonwealth of Thieves

The Commonwealth of Thieves

Paperback (07 Jun 2007) | English

Save $0.46

  • $14.58
  • $14.12
Add to basket

Includes delivery to USA

7 copies available online - Usually dispatched within 48 hours

Synopsis

The story of modern Australia begins in eighteenth-century Britain, where people were hanged for petty offences but crime was rife, and the gaols were bursting. From this situation was born the Sydney experiment, with criminals perceived to be damaging British society transported to Sydney, an 'open air prison with walls 14,000 miles thick'.

Eleven ships were dispatched in 1781, and arrived in Australia after eight hellish months at sea. Tom Keneally describes the first four years of the 'thief colony' and how, despite the escapes, the floggings, the murders and the rebellions, it survived against the odds to create a culture which would never have been tolerated in its homeland but which, in Australia, became part of the identity of a new and audacious nation.

By the author of Schindler's Ark, since made into the internationally acclaimed film, Schindler's List.

About the Publisher

Vintage

Vintage

Vintage is a highly respected paperback publisher of contemporary fiction and non-fiction, publishing writers like Philip Roth, Martin Amis and Toni Morrison. There are many Booker and Nobel Prize-winning authors on the Vintage list such as Kingsley Amis, A S Byatt, J M Coetzee, Ismail Kadare, Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie, Anne Enright, Iris Murdoch, Roddy Doyle and Ben Okri, to name a few.

Book information

ISBN: 9780099483748
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Vintage
Pub date:
DEWEY: 365.99441
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 509
Weight: 368g
Height: 196mm
Width: 130mm
Spine width: 33mm