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Product Details

  • Series: Australians Vol 1
  • Hardcover: 628 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin (July 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741750695
  • ASIN: B0058M7B1Q
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.2 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,228,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* This is the first volume in an ambitious and widely anticipated history of Keneally’s native Australia. This opening effort begins with a geologic description of the formation of the continent as it separated from the supercontinent of Pangaea about 140 million years ago. It concludes with the Eureka miner rebellion, a critical episode in the development of Australian democracy. Keneally, a Booker Prize–winning novelist and nonfiction writer, utilizes some wonderful vignettes gleaned from primary sources to advance his narrative. Aborigines, transplanted convicts, settlers, soldiers, and miners all play their part. Keneally conveys the sense of wonder and confusion as Aborigines encounter their first European. Convicts describe the suffering aboard transport ships and the grind of carving out an existence in a new and harsh land. There are recurring themes: first, Keneally stresses the exotic quality of the land, produced by its geographic isolation. And, second, he traces the steady evolution from a hierarchical social structure to a more egalitarian, democratic civilization. This is a wonderful beginning of a project that should provide enjoyment for both general readers and scholars. --Jay Freeman

About the Author

Thomas Keneally is a novelist, playwright, and nonfiction author who is best-known for the Booker Prize–winning novel Schindler's Ark, which was adapted into the movie Schindler's List. His other titles include the Penguin Lives biography Abraham Lincoln, American Scoundrel: The Life of the Notorious Civil War General Dan Sickles, and A Commonwealth of Thieves: The Improbable Birth of Australia.

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The chapters on Eureka were particularly good in my opinion.
Belinda
There are a couple of authors in Australia who deserve plenty of international recognition for their insightful writings about Australian history.
JOHN MILLS
A brilliant read, truly an enlightening alternative view of Australia's early history.
Amfo

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JOHN MILLS on January 27, 2013
Format: Hardcover
There are a couple of authors in Australia who deserve plenty of international recognition for their insightful writings about Australian history. Australians are a little shy about their history (here read "British") as it is so short compared to other areas of the world. Keneally is one of those authors.
I have mentioned the other author in reviews about his books. But let's concentrate on Keneally. The two volumes that I have read to date are blessed with careful attention to detail and a real understanding that the books are to be read by Australians and others - and that is important for those others who want to get a grip on Australian history.
One of the major issues in the volumes to date is the treatment of aborigines. Keneally has gone to great lengths to show that while many leaders in the early years were sympathetic to the plight of aboriginal Australians, by and large those concerns were ignored by others.
What is also highlighted by the author is the uncanny ability of London to ignore the requests and advice of governors and landholders in Australia. Australia is blessed or cursed by distance from anywhere. In the days of colonial Australia these travel delays were enormous.
Keneally has a great style of writing. It personalises the history without straying from historical facts. Check out the bibliography.
I look forward to the third volume.
Luceat Lux Vestra
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amfo on April 25, 2012
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A brilliant read, truly an enlightening alternative view of Australia's early history. Probably not quite the same detail as Robert Hughes' The Fatal Shore but highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Belinda on February 16, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
If you're looking for a relatively easy to understand volume on Australian History, look no further. The Fatal Shore by Robert Hughes is good, yet lacks a lot of accuracy. Keneally strives to remain accurate but to also deliver a good story.
I actually used this as a reference text for a unit at University and found that I could very easily back up Keneally's points with other articles and books. The chapters on Eureka were particularly good in my opinion.
I will confess I only read the sections that applied to my course (which still added up to a fair chunk of the book, which is enormous), but those were all insightful and well written.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rommie Gerber on December 19, 2012
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An amazing inside into the early days and settlement of Australia. What a brutal history. Interesting book but too lengthy.
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