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In March 1797, five British sailors and 12 Bengali seamen struggled ashore after their longboat broke apart in a storm. Their fellow-survivors from the wreck of the Sydney Cove were stranded more than 500 kilometres southeast in Bass Strait. To rescue their mates and to save themselves the 19 men must walk 700 kilometres north to Sydney.

That remarkable walk is a story of endurance but also of unexpected Aboriginal help.

From the Edge: Australia's Lost Histories recounts four such extraordinary and largely forgotten stories: the walk of shipwreck survivors; the founding of a 'new Singapore' in western Arnhem Land in the 1840s; Australia's largest industrial development project nestled amongst outstanding Indigenous rock art in the Pilbara; and the ever-changing story of James Cook's time in Cooktown in 1770.

This new telling of the central drama of Australian history; the encounter between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians, may hold the key to understanding this land and its people.

©2016 Mark McKenna (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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A must have book

This author and his writings should be a compulsory read whether in print or audio for all education levels and adults. I hope he writes more about the true indigenous culture of this great land and brings to all the awareness of the oldest continuous culture on this Earth and the abhorrent treatment in the past and now by those who stated and they that still use the words, uncivilised and savage. No one person owns the land, all are caretakers with the privilege of residing on the land. Thank you Mark McKenna. The narrator, Andrew Martin, was a true delight to listen to for the entire audio book.

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Both sides of a story

From 1770 to present day the indigenous and non indigenous perspectives inform this well read story of the nation that is Australia.

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Confronting

I cannot recommend this book highly enough, it changed my outlook profoundly. This is a book that must be read.

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Great, but...

Loved this book but disappointed they didn't include a pdf of the maps and images.

In the spirit of reconciliation, Audible Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.