Shortlist year: 
2016
Shortlist category: 
Prize for Australian History
Published by: 
Penguin

About the book

The story of Australia’s people—book—Australian history—PMLA 2016
Winner

In light of the latest research, Geoffrey Blainey AC retells the story of our history up until 1850. Traditional Aboriginal life came under threat the moment Europeans crossed the world to plant a new society in an unknown land. That land in turn rewarded, tricked, tantalised and often defeated the new arrivals. The meeting of the two cultures is one of the most difficult and complex in recorded history.

Compelling, ground breaking and brilliantly readable, this is the first instalment of an ambitious two-part work, and the culmination of the lifework of Australia's most prolific and wide-ranging historian.