In Tasmania: Adventures at the End of the WorldPaperback
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- Publisher: VINTAGE
- Format: Paperback | 384 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 24mm | 299g
- Publication date: 27 December 2005
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0099466082
- ISBN 13: 9780099466086
- Illustrations note: Illustrations, 1 map, ports.
- Sales rank: 72,067
In this fascinating history of two turbulent centuries in an apparently idyllic place, Shakespeare effortlessly weaves the history of this unique island with a kaleidoscope of stories featuring a cast of unlikely characters from Errol Flynn to the King of Iceland, a village full of Chatwins and, inevitably, a family of Shakespeares. But what makes this more than a personal quest is Shakespeare's discovery that, despite the nineteen century purges, the Tasmanian Aborigines were not, as previously believed, entirely wiped out.
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Nicholas Shakespeare was born in 1957. The son of a diplomat, much of his youth was spent in the Far East and South America. His novels have been translated into twenty languages. They include The Vision of Elena Silves, winner of the Somerset Maugham Award, Snowleg and The Dancer Upstairs, which was chosen by the American Libraries Association in 1997 as the year's best novel, and in 2001 was made into a film of the same name by John Malkovich. His most recent novel is Secrets of the Sea. He is married with two small boys and currently lives in Oxford.
"The narrative is part Peter Carey, part Gothic novel, with plenty of drunkeness, torture,villainy and cannibalism to be aghast at. A fine travel book too" Evening Standard "A fabulous read" Vogue "An excellent portrait of aunique island" Sunday Telegraph "Superb" Guardian "Shakespeare excels at providing psychological insights. An intimate and revealing work only a truly gifted writer could have produced" Independent