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The Fatal Shore Paperback – 2 January 2003

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A unique phantasmagoria of crime and punishment, which combines the shadowy terrors of Goya with the tumescent life of Dickens, Peter Ackroyd, The Times

A triumph of research, passion and fine writing. I found it an extraordinary and compelling book to read, one of fantastic scope and imagination; truly a tour de force, William Shawcross

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With its mood and stature...The Fatal Shore is well on its way to becoming the standard opus on the convict years, Sydney Sunday Telegraph

An enthralling account of the convict settlement of Australia, thoroughly researched and excellently written, brimming over with rare and pungent characters, and tales of pathos, bravery, and horror, Peter Matthiessen

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