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In Tasmania by Nicholas Shakespeare

In Tasmania

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Nicholas Shakespeare, a very fine writer indeed, who partly lives in Tasmania, has produced an extraordinary work on the history, culture, folklore and personal appreciation of the country. Full of anecdotes, marvellous set pieces and highly absorbing prose, it’s a lovely read.

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In Tasmania by Nicholas Shakespeare

In this fascinating history of two turbulent centuries in an apparently idyllic place, Shakespeare effortlessly weaves the history of this unique island with a kaleidoscope of stories featuring a cast of unlikely characters from Errol Flynn to the King of Iceland, a village full of Chatwins and, inevitably, a family of Shakespeares. But what makes this more than a personal quest is Shakespeare's discovery that, despite the nineteen century purges, the Tasmanian Aborigines were not, as previously believed, entirely wiped out.

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The narrative is part Peter Carey, part Gothic novel, with plenty of drunkeness, torture,villainy and cannibalism to be aghast at. A fine travel book too * Evening Standard * A fabulous read * Vogue * An excellent portrait of aunique island * Sunday Telegraph * Superb * Guardian * Shakespeare excels at providing psychological insights. An intimate and revealing work only a truly gifted writer could have produced * Independent *

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Nicholas Shakespeare
Nicholas Shakespeare is the author of The Vision of Elena Silves (1989), winner of the Somerset Maugham Award, The High Flyer, for which he was nominated for the Grants list in 1993 and The Dancer Upstairs which was chosen by the American Libraries Association as the best novel of 1997. In 1999 his biography, Bruce Chatwin was published to great critical acclaim.

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3rd November 2005


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Paperback (b Format)
384 pages


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Australasian & Pacific history
Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900
20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000



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