Death or Liberty: Rebels and radicals transported to Australia 1788–1868 by Tony Moore

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September 2010, no. 324
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Death or Liberty: Rebels and radicals transported to Australia 1788–1868 by Tony Moore

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Death or Liberty: Rebels and radicals transported to Australia 1788–1868 by Tony Moore

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September 2010, no. 324

On the shelves of Australia’s bookshops colonial history follows military history in popularity, though a distant second. While, say, Allen & Unwin has made brave efforts with a succession of books about the convict period – Hamish Maxwell-Stewart’s Closing Hell’s Gates (2008), Babette Smith’s Australia’s Birthstain (2008) or Grace Karskens’s The Colony (2009) – not one (not even Thomas Keneally with his Australians: Origins to Eureka, 2009) has sold as well as Robert Hughes’s The Fatal Shore (1987). Hughes spoiled the Bicentennial celebrations for a generation of scholars, piqued at such a sensational popular book, one that outsold their academic books combined.

Peter Stanley reviews 'Death or Liberty: Rebels and radicals transported to Australia 1788–1868' by Tony Moore

Death or Liberty: Rebels and radicals transported to Australia 1788–1868

by Tony Moore

Pier 9, $34.95 pb, 432 pp

Buy this book

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