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This Thing of Darkness by Harry Thompson
  

This Thing of Darkness

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A nice fat, satisfying, historical novel, telling of Captain Fitzroy’s voyages to the south with Charles Darwin, and their tempestuous friendship. It draws on logs and journals of the voyages to weave an enlightening tale of one of history’s great journeys. Strong characters, vivid descriptions and a fascinating story superbly told, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Sadly this will be his only book as he tragically died at the end of last year of lung cancer although never a smoker.

Comparison: Neal Stephenson, Alistair Macleod.
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This Thing of Darkness by Harry Thompson

A sea-faring adventure novel set in the 19th century, that charts the life of Robert Fitzroy, the captain of 'The Beagle' and his passenger Charles Darwin. Fitzroy, believed in the sanctity of the individual, but his beliefs destroyed his career, and he committed suicide. Darwin, develops his theory of evolution which is brutal in human terms.

About the Author

Harry Thompson

Harry Thompson was the inventor and editor of many TV comedy series including Have I Got News For You and Never Mind the Buzzcocks. He was the author of acclaimed bestsellers, including Peter Cook: A Biography. His most recent book was a historical novel, This Thing of Darkness. He worked as a producer at Talkback TV and in his spare time ran an infamous cricket team, the Captain Scott XI. He died in November 2005.

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Publication date

16th January 2006

Author

Harry Thompson

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Publisher

Headline Book Publishing Ltd

Format

Paperback
768 pages

Categories

Debuts of the Month
Historical Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Historical fiction

ISBN

9780755302819

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