English Passengers (Paperback)
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Description'A big, ambitious novel with a rich historical sweep and a host of narrative voices. Its subject is a vicar's ludicrous expedition in 1857 to the Garden of Eden in Tasmania, [as] meanwhile, in Tasmania itself, the British settlers are alternately trying to civilise and eliminate the Aboriginal population ...The sort of novel that few contemporary writers have either the imagination or the stamina to sustain' - "Daily Telegraph".
- Published: 01 November 2005
- Format: Paperback 480 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780140285215 ISBN 10: 0140285210
- Sales rank: 42,643
Reviews for English Passengers
Well worth the effort of reading ...
I'll be the first to admit that this book was hard going at times, but the story is a fantastic one and the characters are all just so good that I found myself unable to leave it for fear of never knowing how it would all end. I was roaring with laughter picturing the scenes on the long journey from England to Tasmania. The expedition is indeed ludicrous, but quite imaginable also. The storyline did become even more fantastic towards the end which was a bit of a shame (I was willing the author to hang in there, but felt an overriding sense that he just wanted it finished).
All in all, I would give this book a high rating ... the characters are just so wonderfully developed I couldn't put it down. by Bridget Dadds