The Fatal Shore - Robert Hughes

The Fatal Shore

By Robert Hughes

  • Release Date: 1986-12-12
  • Genre: Australia & Oceania
Score: 3
From 13 Ratings


In this bestselling account of the colonization of Australia, Robert Hughes explores how the convict transportation system created the country we know today.

Digging deep into the dark history of England's infamous efforts to move 160,000 men and women thousands of miles to the other side of the world in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Hughes has crafted a groundbreaking, definitive account of the settling of Australia.

Tracing the European presence in Australia from early explorations through the rise and fall of the penal colonies, and featuring 16 pages of illustrations and 3 maps, The Fatal Shore brings to life the incredible true history of a country we thought we knew.


  • Interesting but cumbersome read!

    By BPGuy10
    Was interesting to learn more about how Australia was inhabited by convicts and miscreants from England. But the read was laborious and dull much of the time.Not a book I would read again.