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)
'A beautiful affectionate portrait' Sunday Times
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