By Sea & Stars by Trent Dalton.
By Sea & Stars by Trent Dalton.

By Sea & Stars, the story of the first fleet

ORIGINALLY published as a Kennedy Award-winning multipart serial in The Australian earlier this year, By Sea & Stars tells the story of the voyage that led to the founding of our nation, as told from the point of view of the people who took part in it - willingly or unwillingly.

Drawing from historical sources of the time, Trent Dalton paints a vivid picture of the people who embarked on this epic journey.

From terrified twelve-year-old convict and former chimneysweep John Hudson and conscientious Lieutenant Ralph Clark to brave and determined Captain-General Arthur Phillip, the brightest star of the British Navy. These are the people who made the voyage, and these are their stories - of death, duty, glory, lust, violence, escape and mutiny, and a great southern land.

Praise for Trent Dalton

"I've always looked out for Trent's work because he has a magic about him - what he sees, how he explains things. He can describe a kitchen table in a way that makes you want to throw your arms around it ... [Dalton is] a genuine treasure of Australian letters" - Annabel Crabb

"As a brilliant journalist, Trent Dalton has always intimately understood how fact is often stranger than fiction" - Benjamin Law

"A major new voice on the Australian literary scene has arrived" - Nikki Gemmell

About the author

Trent Dalton is a staff writer for the Weekend Australian Magazine and a former assistant editor of The Courier Mail. He's a two-time winner of a Walkley Award for Excellence in Journalism, a four-time winner of a Kennedy Award for Excellence in NSW Journalism and a four-time winner of the national News Awards Features Journalist of the Year. His debut novel is the critically acclaimed and bestselling Boy Swallows Universe, which was published in mid-2018.