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Main Title: Australia : a biography of a nation / Phillip Knightley.
Author: Knightley, Phillip, 1929-
Imprint: Jonathan Cape, 2000.
Collation: vii, 373 p. : notes, bib., index, hbk ; 24 cm.
Summary: Chronicles the history of Australia from its use as a settlement for English prisoners to the present, discussing relations between Aborigines and European settlers and the growing division between Australia and England.

Part history, part travelogue, part memoir, this is the inspiring story of how a one-time British colony, settled by only two kinds of citizens - convicts and jailers - turned itself into a proud, prosperous and confident country, the greatest sporting nation on earth, where the citizens of its high-leisure cities enjoy a lifestyle that is the envy of the world. Through the eyes of ordinary people struggling with their passions, hopes, dreams and ambitions, Phillip Knightley describes the journey that has taken the Great South land from a dark, racist and often murderous past to a working multi-cultural society. The shocking treatment of the Aborigines, the determination of Australians to make a clean break from the ills of the Old World and create a new society where everyone had a "fair go", the love-hate relationship with Britain that led to the slow but traumatic detachment from "the Mother Country," drive this sweeping story of a people whose discovery of the "middle way" could serve as a guide for our future.
Subject: Description and travel
Social life and customs
ISBN: 0224050060 :
Includes bibliographical references (p. 357-360) and index.
Result Collection Location Shelf No Status Notes
Non-Fiction Main Library 994 KNI Available