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Governor Arthur Phillip, was in effect the despotic ruler of New South Wales. This book tells the story of Captain Arthur Phillip, the Commodore of the First Fleet, who was empowered to govern the colony and who then became the friend of Bennelong, one of the native aboriginal tribes, who found themselves interacting with the convicts.
Thomas Keneally is married with two daughters and a grandson, and lives most of the year in Sydney, Australia. His numerous books include novels, memoirs and history. He has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize three times, and won it in 1982 with Schindler's Ark since made by Steven Spielberg into the internationally acclaimed film Schindler's List. Hodder /Sceptre do his fiction in the UK, and Chatto/Vintage publish his non fiction, including his entertaining book on the American civil war, American Scoundrel, and his superb epic about Irish convicts, The Great Shame.