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English Passengers

Written by: Matthew Kneale
Length: 20 hrs and 26 mins

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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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  • John
  • 20-07-18

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.

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  • Stephen Brady
  • 23-01-20

A great novel improved

The narration of English Passengers is pitch perfect and brings the characters of Peevay Potter and the others vividly alive. I was disappointed that it had to end.

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  • jackie storey
  • 01-10-19

Well written and performed

Loved this story of the illl fated Captain and his ship. As disasters befall him, he tries to salvage what he can from the situation, heaping more bad luck upon them all.
The description of the Aboriginal peoples woes are no less well written and the dreadful things done to them in the name of improvement are really well portrayed.

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  • Heather
  • 14-05-19

A fantastic book

A rollicking good story which I enjoyed so much. Even though it deals partly with a bleak period of history, there is a stream of wonderful humour and colourful characters running through it so that it remains highly entertaining as well as informative. Performance of this extremely well written book was excellent.