Edited and introduced by Tim Flannery
Tench, a humble captain-lieutenant of the marines, arrived on the First Fleet, and with his characteristic understanding, humanity and eye for detail, recorded the first four years of European settlement.
Life and Adventures
First published in 1822, this is the extraordinary story of a sailor who circled the globe twice, fought Napoleon’s navy, was in Hawaii just after Cook’s death, and went to Port Jackson on a Second Fleet vessel with its cargo of female convicts.
Superbly edited and introduced by Tim Flannery, this is a classic tale by a brilliant observer of the savagery and tenderness of life when the modern age was in its infancy.
Two classics, lovingly edited by Tim Flannery, author of the bestselling Throwim Way Leg and The Weather Makers.
‘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.’