English Passengers

Matthew Kneale

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  • Paru le : 15/11/2000
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'A book shouting with life... The interleaving of high comedy with dramatic terror is expertly handled... Deserves to be welcomed into port with a riot of bunting and prizes' It is 1857 and the Reverend Geoffrey Wilson has set out for Tasmania, hoping to find the true site of the Garden of Eden. But the journey is turning out to be less than straightforward - dissent is growing between him and sinister racial-theorist Dr Potter, and, unknown to both, the ship they have hurriedly chartered is in fact a Manx smuggling vessel, fleeing British customs. In Tasmania the aboriginal people have been fighting a desperate battle against British invaders, and, as the passengers will discover, the island is now far from being an earthly paradise... 'A fascinating story, richly told: a major work by a major talent' Independent 'Often hilarious. Tart wit generates caustically funny scenes. Relishably ironic fates are dealt out to the book's more dislikable characters' Sunday Times 'The sort of novel few contemporary writers have either the imagination or the stamina to sustain' Daily Telegraph 'Fantastic... It's an absolute cracker. Run out, everybody, and get copies' Saturday Review, Radio 4 'Extraordinary... it has moral purpose and the power to change' Mail on Sunday
  • Date de parution : 15/11/2000
  • Editeur : Penguin Books
  • ISBN : 0-14-100359-6
  • EAN : 9780141003597
  • Format : Poche
  • Nb. de pages : 462 pages
  • Poids : 0.265 Kg
  • Dimensions : 11,1 cm × 18,1 cm × 3,1 cm

Biographie de Matthew Kneale

Matthew Kneale was born in London in 1960, the son of two writers. He studied history at Magdalen College, Oxford, then spent a year in Japan, where he began writing fiction. His first novel, More Banquets, won a Somerset Maugham award. Sweet Thames, which was set in the London of the 1840s, won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. When not writing he travels, and he has visited eighty-two countries and seven continents, walking in mountains from Ethiopia to New Guinea.

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