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  • Published: 1 February 2012
  • ISBN: 9781742755090
  • Imprint: Vintage Australia
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 480
  • RRP: $14.99

Gould's Book Of Fish




From the winner of the Man Booker Prize 2014, his Commonwealth Writers’ Prize-winning novel.

From the winner of the Man Booker Prize 2014, his Commonwealth Writers’ Prize-winning novel.

Once upon a time that was called 1828, before all fishes in the sea and all living things on the land were destroyed, there was a man named William Buelow Gould, a white convict who fell in love with a black woman and discovered too late that to love is not safe. Silly Billy Gould, invader of Australia, liar, murderer & forger, condemned to the most feared penal colony in the British Empire and there ordered to paint a book of fish.

Once upon a time, there were miracles...

'A work of significant genius' -- Chicago Tribune

  • Pub date: 1 February 2012
  • ISBN: 9781742755090
  • Imprint: Vintage Australia
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 480
  • RRP: $14.99

About the Author

Richard Flanagan

Richard Flanagan was born in Tasmania in 1961. His novels Death of a River Guide, The Sound of One Hand Clapping, Gould’s Book of Fish, The Unknown Terrorist, Wanting, The Narrow Road to the Deep North and First Person have received numerous honours and are published in 42 countries. He won the Man Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North in 2014.

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Praise for Gould's Book Of Fish

“‘Is this the first masterpiece of the 21st century?’”

Prospect

“‘A work of pure brilliance’”

Seattle Times

“‘A seamless masterpiece’”

Independent on Sunday

“‘As inventive and visionary in its reimagination of history as [Toni] Morrison’s masterwork, Beloved'”

Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

“‘The novel has already garnered plenty of comparisons, with the scary m-word “masterpiece” appearing in print more than once... Brilliantly conceived’”

Boston Globe

“‘[Flanagan’s] writing has the unmistakeable shimmer of literary star quality... a bewitching novel’”

New Statesman

“‘One part Rabelais, one part Garcia Marquez, one part Ned Kelly’”

New York Times Book Review

“‘Ferocious in its anger, grotesque, sexy, funny, violent, startlingly beautiful and, above all, heartbreakingly sad ... I urge you to read it’”

The Observer


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