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English Passengers

English Passengers

by Matthew Kneale

Publisher Hamish Hamilton

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Determined to prove the literal truth of the Bible, the Reverend Geoffrey Wilson sets out from England, in the summer of 1857, to find the Garden of Eden, convinced it lies on the island of Tasmania. Unknown to him, others in his party have very different agendas, notably the surgeon, Dr Potter, who is developing a sinister thesis on the races of men. To complicate matters further, the ship Wilson had hurriedly chartered is in fact an ill-starred smuggling vessel, crewed by a group of secretiveManxmen. Meanwhile, in Tasmania itself an Aborigine named Peevay recounts his people's struggle against the invading British, who prove as lethal in their good intentions as their cruelty... A stunningly original, unforgettable novel.

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Matthew Kneale

Matthew Kneale was born in London in 1960, the son of two writers and the grandson of two others. His grandfather, Alfred Kerr, was Berlin's chief theatre critic and one of Germany's leading literary figures during the Weimar era. Matthew's Manx father, Nigel Kneale, was a screenwriter for film and television, best known for the 'Quatermass' series. Matthew's mother, Judith Kerr, was the author and illustrator of children's books including 'The Tiger who Came to Tea' and 'Mog the Forgetful Cat' and wrote the autobiographical novel 'When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit'.

Kneale is a keen traveller and he has visited more than eighty countries and seven continents. He has a fascination with languages and has tried his hand at learning a number of them, including Japanese, Romanian, Albanian and Amharic Ethiopian. For the last 18 years he has lived in Rome with his wife, Shannon, and their two children, Alexander and Tatiana.

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