Author(s): Tom Gilling
The marines on the First Fleet refused to sail without it. Convicts risked their necks to get hold of it. Rum built a hospital and sparked a revolution, made fortunes and ruined lives.
In a society with few luxuries, liquor was power. It played a crucial role, not just in the lives of individuals like James Squire - the London chicken thief who became Australia's first brewer - but in the transformation of a starving penal outpost into a prosperous trading port.
Drawing on a wealth of contemporary sources, Grog offers an intoxicating look at the first decades of European settlement and explores the origins of Australia's fraught love affair with the hard stuff.
An insight into the first thirty years following the First Fleet’s landing at Botany Bay, Gilling explores the early colony's reputation for drunkenness and debauchery alongside the resilience, idealism and opportunism of those who wanted more. Unapologetic and intoxicating, this book unmasks the early days from which Australia as a nation was forged. Andrew - The Book Grocer
Tom Gilling is a respected journalist and acclaimed novelist whose books include THE SOOTERKIN, a New York Times Notable Book, DREAMLAND and SEVEN MILE BEACH.