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Peter Cochrane
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Peter Cochrane

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Peter Cochrane is a widely published historian and writer based in Sydney. He is best known for his book Colonial Ambition: Foundations of Australian Democracy, which won the inaugural Prime Minister’s Prize for Australian History and the Age Book of the Year in 2007. His first venture into fiction was the novella Governor Bligh and the Short Man. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

Books by Peter Cochrane

The Making of Martin Sparrow

A devastating flood on the Hawkesbury almost wipes out the young colony, bringing to the surface many secrets and desires in this masterpiece of historical fiction

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Governor Bligh & the Short Man: Penguin Special

Seventeen years after the mutiny on the Bounty, Governor-elect William Bligh sets sail for New South Wales accompanied by his daughter Mary, the narrator of this extraordinary shipboard tale.

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The Making of Martin Sparrow book club notes

Immerse your book club in the language and atmosphere of this novel set in 1800s New South Wales.