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The Thief Fleet: Unwanted, Unwilling, Unruly, They Will Lay the Foundations of a Worldwide Empire... James Talbot

The Thief Fleet: Unwanted, Unwilling, Unruly, They Will Lay the Foundations of a Worldwide Empire...

James Talbot

Published July 6th 2012
ISBN : 9781469914824
Paperback
556 pages
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Fourteen hundred and twenty men, women, and children - naval, military, civilians free and in chains - are shipped halfway around the world from England to the South Pacific. Months later, at the end of the longest voyage of its kind in the Age ofMoreFourteen hundred and twenty men, women, and children - naval, military, civilians free and in chains - are shipped halfway around the world from England to the South Pacific. Months later, at the end of the longest voyage of its kind in the Age of Sail, the Thief Fleet casts anchor on a shallow bay where a convict camp is hurriedly built. Unwanted and unwilling, these unruly migrants are tough and cunning or they could never have survived eighteenth century Englands jails and the famine years that still lay ahead of them. Yet despite every obstacle and hardship, some are destined to become men and women of wealth and power they could never have dared to imagine in their Old Country of inherited class and privilege. Two rivals dominate Londons transplanted underworld of muggers and stranglers, whores and pickpockets- the grim redcoat veteran Joe Tinderbox Cribb, and the fiery Irish actress Mrs Catherine Brandon. Hunger and necessity will force this most unlikely of couples to overcome their deep differences and, as they do, establish a colonial dynasty that will shape Australias dramatic and inspiring story.