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1788
1788

1788

The Brutal Truth of the First Fleet

HISTORY

392 Pages, 5 x 8

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $18.95 (US $18.95) (CA $22.95)

Publication Date: February 2010

ISBN 9781741668001

Rights: US & CA

Penguin Random House Australia (Feb 2010)
William Heinemann Australia

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Overview

In 1788, 11 small ships set sail from England on an eight-month-long voyage over the roughest of seas, carrying 1,500 people, food for two years, and all the equipment needed to build a colony of convicts in a land completely beyond their experience and imagination. In Portsmouth, the fleet's preparation was characterized by disease, promiscuity, and death. The journey itself was one of unbearable hardship, but also of extraordinary resilience. Upon their arrival, however, the colonists faced their biggest challenges of all: conflict, starvation, and despair. Combining the skill of a vigilant journalist with the magic of a master novelist, this entrancing history brings the sights, sounds, sufferings, and joys of the

Author Biography

David Hill is the author of The Forgotten Children.