By Tom Keneally, abridged by Doreen Estall.
The story of the birth of a nation.
The fascinating new history of the beginning of modern Australia.
Read by Jonathan Hyde.In may 1787, a great convict flotilla set sail from England for the fringes of the known world.
The prisoners - mostly petty thieves - and their guardians were expected to start a settlement in Botany Bay on the New South Wales coast.
It was a gruelling eight-month voyage.