The Birth of Sydney is a spectacular and brilliant anthology of writing about the creation of Australia’s oldest city. With Tim Flannery as our guide, we hear the voices of Arthur Phillip, Surgeon John White, Charles Darwin, Anthony Trollope, Nat Gould, Mark Twain and a host of others as they tell their story of a metropolis, built on one of the world’s most spectacular harbours, which began life as a dump for convicts.
‘Will seduce the most reluctant reader into a passion for Australian history.’
‘An original book that will become fundamental to the understanding of this country in the 21st century.’
‘A journey of national self-awareness…entertaining as well as significant.’
‘Flannery brings the eye of an expert in natural history and the passion of a conservationist to his writing as he takes the reader on geological, geographical, ecological and historical tours of the Harbour City.’