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Australia: Beyond the Dreamtime
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Australia: Beyond the Dreamtime

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Author: Thomas Keneally, Patsy Adam-Smith & Robyn Davidson
Publisher: BBC Books
Format: Hardback USED
ISBN: 0563205598

To celebrate the bicentennial of Australia's first settlement three of her leading modern writers present their country from a personal viewpoint. Each depicts a period of the continent's rich and varied history, its events and personalities, as they experienced it themselves or through the eyes of their forebears.

Thomas Keneally, descendant of nineteenth-century Irish immigrants, looks at the wild, mysterious land discovered by Captain Cook in 1770. He shows how its early history, centred on the penal settlements, has influenced modern Australian society. Landmarks such as the Eureka Stockade battle, in which gold prospectors died defending their rights, enshrine the uniquely Australian concepts of 'mateship' and the Fair Go.

Patsy Adam-Smith, daughter of a railroad worker, is one of Australia's best-known popular historians. She describes the rise of the sheep barons, who perpetuated the old-world social division which the newcomers hoped to have left behind, and the bitter struggle of the unions. She draws on her personal experience of childhood during the Depression and explores Australia's rise in maturity as a nation of immigrants tempered in the fire of two world wars.

Robyn Davidson belongs to the younger generation of Australians who lived through the Vietnam War, then turned their backs on urban life and looked inward to the desert. She talks about the demise of the old Australia - the demolition of much of elegnat nineteenth-century Sydney and its replacement by buildings without character. Finally she voices the fears of many of today's Australians about their status in the nuclear age.

This book, which accompanies the BBC TV series and is illustrated throughout with superb colour and black-and-white photographs, encompasses the whole spectrum of Australian life. It reveals a beautiful, enigmatic land that has produced not only Crocodile Dundee and Ned Kelly but also Joan Sutherland and Sidney Nolan.


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