By Flanagan, Richard
NOW AVAILABLE IN A NEW VINTAGE EDITION 1841. In the remote penal colony of Van Diemen's Land, a barefoot aboriginal girl sits for her portrait in a red silk dress. She is Mathinna, the adopted daughter of the island's governor, Sir John Franklin, and his wife, Lady Jane, and the ...subject of a grand experiment in civilisation - one that will determine whether science, Christianity, and reason can be imposed in place of savagery, impulse and desire. Eighteen years pass. Sir John Franklin has disappeared, along with his crew and two ships, on an expedition to find the fabled Northwest Passage. England is horrified as reports of cannibalism filter back from search parties, no one more so than the most celebrated novelist of the day, Charles Dickens, for whom Franklin's story becomes a means to plumb the frozen depths of his own soul. As several lives become conjoined by unexpected events and tragedies, WANTING transforms into a remarkable meditation on the ways in which desire - and its denial - shape our lives. 'The best novel I have read this year or expect to read for several more' -- SYDNEY MORNING HERALDRead more
Richard Flanagan was born in Tasmania in 1961. Regarded internationally as one of Australia's best novelists, his multi-award-winning novels, Death of a River Guide, The Sound of One Hand Clapping, Gould's Book of Fish, The Unknown Terrorist, and Wanting have been published to popular success and critical acclaim in twenty-five countries. His most recent work is a collection of his non-fiction pieces, And What Do You Do, Mr Gable?. He lives in Hobart with his family.
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