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Anyone interested in novels based on Australian history - convicts, colonial power, transportation, australian bush life?
Are you looking for suggestions, or do you want to start a discussion?
I'm reading a great series about Australian history at the moment. It's written by Peter Watt.
And the award for a great series about Australian history goes to.....?
I've got The Fatal Shore in my pile of books to be read, but .... BEEP, disqualified, it's non-fiction.
Thomas Keneally and his daughter have just published a crime fiction novel set in penal NSW. Now if I could only remember what it was called... It's intended to be the first of a series.
>5 Cecrow: The fatal shore was the inspiration for almost every convict-era novel written since then, including several of Thomas Kenneally's, so I wouldn't exclude it.
Some of Patrick White's novels have 19th century settings, in particular Voss and A fringe of leaves. And White is always worth reading.
Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin's stopover in Botany Bay is quite entertaining (see The Nutmeg of Consolation).
I have The true history of the Kelly gang on my TBR shelf, but I find I enjoy Peter Carey less with each of his books that I read...
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