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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

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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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