The Commonwealth of Thieves
The Story of the Founding of Australia
By (author) Thomas Keneally
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Commonwealth of Thieves by Thomas Keneally
Book DescriptionThe 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780099483748
(198mm x 129mm x 33mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 7-Jun-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Thomas Keneally
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Winner of the Booker Prize and international bestseller, made into the award-winning film Schindler's List. REISSUED AS A SCEPTRE 30TH CLASSIC, with a new afterword by the author.
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"Thorndike Press Large Print Basic"--Title page verso.
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Author Biography - Thomas Keneally
Thomas Keneally is married with two daughters and a grandson, and lives most of the year in Sydney, Australia. His numerous books include novels, memoirs and history. He has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize three times, and won it in 1982 with Schindler's Ark since made by Steven Spielberg into the internationally acclaimed film Schindler's List.
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