The Fatal Shore

Hughes, Robert

Book - 1988
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Fatal Shore
The history of the birth of Australia which came out of the suffereing and brutality of England's infamous convict transportation system. With 16 pages of illustrations and 3 maps.

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1988, c1986
Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed
ISBN: 9780394753669
Branch Call Number: 994 H894f 1988
Characteristics: xviii, 688 p., [32] p. of plates :,ill., maps ;,21 cm


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What’s a nonfiction book doing on this list? Well, this history of the European settlement of Australia is hugely entertaining, a genuine page-turner - and many things about Australia are so much stranger than fiction, not least its forced settlement by shiploads of convicts. (And besides, we’re ... Read More »

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Sep 21, 2013
  • uncommonreader rated this: 5 stars out of 5.


Nov 07, 2012
  • dixielib rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I hated history in school too, but this book reads more like a novel. Mesmerizing and horrifying at the same time, it chronicles another “proud” moment in British history. Eruditely written, well organized. Though long at 600 pages, the space is well used with relevant and chronological detail.

May 23, 2012
  • soblessed59 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

As Boring As The History We Hated In School!, May 22, 2012

The first third was ok,but after that I skimmed through to the end,and relief at last!

Not written in a way to make it interesting.It is extremely tedious to read.Reads exactly like a textbook.

I am hoping I will be able to find a book about the founding of Australia that is actually an *engaging* read. The Fatal Shore missed that mark by a long shot!

Very Disappointing.

May 24, 2011
  • buzzed rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book is an absolutely fantastic read - it reads like a novel - unlike a 'history' book! It's a great history on both England's penal system and Australia's birth. If this subject interests you, you must read this book.

Jun 13, 2008
  • lindeeana rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Comprehensive, excellent writing


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