It was 1786 when Arthur Phillip, an ambitious captain in the Royal Navy, was assigned the formidable task of organizing an expedition to Australia in order to establish a penal colony ... With the authority of a renowned historian and the narrative grace of a brilliant novelist, Thomas Keneally offers an insiders perspective into the dramatic saga of the birth of a vibrant society in an unfamiliar land.
"Keneally's new consideration won't replace Hughes's definitive work, but with its colorful and eloquent prose, it makes for a compelling companion piece, one that credits Phillip for most of the colony's success." - PW.
"Thoroughly researched, artfully written, engaging and instructive." - Kirkus.
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Keneally is also the author of Schindler's List. The book by Hughes referenced in PW's review is The Fatal Shore: The Epic of Australia's Founding; another book referenced by some reviewers is Frank Welsh's Australia: A New History of the Great Southern Land - both nonfiction works.
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