The Colony : A history of early Sydney
by Grace Karskens
Editor: Allen & Unwin
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Grace Karskens writes with the passion and expertise of a novelist, and the precision of a historianTo read is to have a bit of tense imagination.Thomas Keneally, Sydney Morning Herald, The Colony is the story of the opposite wonder, the infinite energy of Sydney’s early years.It is an intimate account of the transformation of a campground into a beautiful cove in the city, which later became Australia’s largest and best-known cove.From sparkling beaches to the foothills of the Blue Mountains, Grace Karskens skillfully reveals how the landscape shapes the life of the original with Aboriginal people and newcomers.It traces the ways in which the relations between colonial authorities and men and women, broke away from old habits, and the ways in which settlers and Aboriginal peoples of the stories became intertwined.It highlights the links between the profusion of the township and its rural backcountry expansion along the river systems of the Cumberland PlainEnthusiastically received on the first publication, it is a landmark account of the birthplace of modern Australia, and an exciting and richly textured narrative of the people and place.
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