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This Thing of Darkness

by Harry Thompson

Debut Books of the Month eBooks of the Month Historical Fiction

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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.
Similar this month: None but try George MacDonald Fraser.

Sarah Broadhurst

This Thing of Darkness Synopsis

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.

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ISBN: 9780755302819
Publication date: 16/01/2006
Publisher: Headline Book Publishing Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780755302802
Publication date: 06/06/2005
Publisher: Headline Book Publishing Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780755302819
Publication date: 16th January 2006
Author: Harry Thompson
Publisher: Headline Book Publishing Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 768 pages
Genres: Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Historical fiction,

About 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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