Gould's Book of Fish

Gould's Book of Fish

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Once upon a time that was called 1828, before all fishes in the sea and all living things on the land were destroyed, there was a man named William Buelow Gould, a white convict who fell in love with a black woman and discovered too late that to love is not safe. Silly Billy Gould, invader of Australia, liar, murderer and forger, condemned to the most feared penal colony in the British Empire and there ordered to paint a book of fish.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 30mm | 330g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1784702897
  • 9781784702892
  • 185,634

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A seamless masterpiece of the grotesque
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Hugely involving, clever, witty and tender * Metro * As beautiful to look at as it was enthralling to read * Independent * Outstanding -- Robert Macfarlane * Spectator * A seamless masterpiece of the grotesque * Independent on Sunday * Hugely original... Passages burn with the intense pleasure of story-making, of the abandon that comes from a seething of ideas and their joyful mutation into words -- Alex Clark * Guardian * A vivid, voluptuous, exhilarating writer * Sunday Telegraph * Gould's Book of Fish is a novel about fish in the way that Moby-Dick is a novel about whales, Ulysses is a novel about the events of a single day * New York Times * Lyrical and hilarious, tender and wildly angry by turns, it dazzlingly reconceives the form of the novel * Observer * Flanagan's masterpiece * Washington Post * A masterpiece * The Times *
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About Richard Flanagan

Richard Flanagan was born in Tasmania in 1961. His novels Death of a River Guide, The Sound of One Hand Clapping, Gould's Book of Fish, The Unknown Terrorist, Wanting and The Narrow Road to the Deep North have received numerous honours and are published in 42 countries. He won the Man Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North in 2014.
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4,150 ratings
3.69 out of 5 stars
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4 33% (1,382)
3 22% (911)
2 11% (449)
1 5% (220)
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