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Convicts and Aborigines, settlers and soldiers, patriots and reformers, bushrangers and gold seekers: bestselling author Thomas Keneally has woven their lives and their stories together in a vibrant history which does full justice to the rich and colourful nature of Australia's unique national character. Taking the reader from pre-settlement to European occupation through to the Eureka Stockade of 1854, Keneally tells the story of Australia through its people. Were the first European mothers whores or matriarchs? Was the first generation of Australian children the luckiest or unluckiest on the planet? How did this often cruel and brutal penal experiment lead to a coherent civil society? To answer these and many more questions Keneally has brought to life the high and the low, the convict and the free of early Australian society.
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""Tom has this extraordinary eye for the little details that turn a biographical note into a living, breathing life-size character." --The Hon. Kevin Rudd MP, Prime Minister of Australia"Book Description:
The vast range of characters who have formed Australia's national story are brought to life in this work of history by Booker Prize-winner Thomas Keneally, an author of outstanding literary skill and experience whose own humanity permeates every page.
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Book Description Allen & Unwin Australia, -, 2011. Trade Paperback. Condition: Good. 9.61 X 6.77 X 2.20 inches used paperback, with shelfwear in places, corners slightly creased and worn; spine creased and slightly cocked, else binding and pages remain solid, with no marks to text. Seller Inventory # 10000000120931