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It is 1857, and Reverend Geoffrey Wilson has departed England to prove the literal truth of the Bible. The expedition heads towards Tasmania, where he is convinced he will find the real Garden of Eden. But the other passengers have their own agendas.

Dr Potter is developing a sinister thesis, and the ship is crewed by smugglers of contraband brandy and tobacco. As the English passengers near Peevay's land, their bizarre notions become painfully at odds with reality. Their destination is no Eden but a world of hunting parties and colonial ethnic cleansing. A mighty collision is approaching....

©2000 Matthew Kneale (P)2001 W. F. Howes Ltd

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A wonderful book.

This is a devastating account of the awfulness of British colonialism, its brutality, how good men got caught up in a bad system. It deals specifically with the colonisation of Tasmania, which is a particularly awful story, but somehow manages to be both very moving and very funny. Highly recommended.