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The What If Histories of Australia

Colonial Settlement: France vs Britain

Published by Big Sky Publishing
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

An amusing look at the alternative paths that Australian history might have taken.

The What If histories of Australia imagines a very different history of Australia, where the unexpected happens in unexpected ways. Starting by defining the real histories, the book then looks at possible paths of different settlements that history could have taken.

What if Captain Cook’s ship sank when it hit the Great Barrier Reef in 1770? And what if the French settled Australia first? And what if King Louis 16th and Napoleon both ended up here, fighting over who was the rightful ruler in exile? And then the British arrived… A very different and amusing history of Australia, where the unexpected happens in unexpected ways.

About The Author

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Dr Craig Cormick OAM is an award-winning author and science communicator. He has published many more books than he has children and grandchildren (and he has four and three of those respectively). He was born on Dharawal Country – Wollongong – and has lived in the Blue Mountains and Queensland. He currently lives on Ngunnawal land in Canberra. He has been Chair of the ACT Writers Centre, co-host of the literary podcast Secrets from the Green Room, and has edited several magazines and books. He is drawn to stories of people whose voices have been hidden from history. Find him at

Product Details

  • Publisher: Big Sky Publishing (June 1, 2022)
  • Length: 190 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781922615770
  • Ages: 7 - 12

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