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English Passengers

English Passengers

Author(s): Matthew Kneale

Location(s): Isle of Man, Tasmania

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 1800s



Captain Illiam Quillian Kewley wants only to smuggle a little tobacco, brandy and French pornography from the Isle of Mann to a secluded beach in England. Yet somehow in the process he and his crew end up weighing anchor for Australia. They find themselves travelling with three temperamental Englishmen bound for Tasmania on a mission to discover the exact location of the Garden of Eden. They arrive into the midst of violence between the white settlers and the Aborigines.

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“‘A big, ambitious novel with a rich historical sweep and a host of narrative voices. Its subject is a vicar’s ludicrous expedition in 1857 to the Garden of Eden in Tasmania, meanwhile, in...

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Enter the 2021TripFiction 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition!

A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

2,500 word maximum, 750 word minimum

Judges include Victoria Hislop and Rosanna Ley

First Prize of £1,000 / US$1,350

Prizes total £1,750 / US$2,362 

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Entries close 6th November 2021