English Passengers

Author(s): Matthew Kneale


This novel tells two parallel stories: one of three eccentric Englishmen who set sail for Tasmania to find the garden of Eden; the other of a young Tasmanian aborigine and his tribe, struggling against the invading British, who prove as lethal in their good intentions as in their cruelty.


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Winner of Whitbread Book Awards: Book of the Year 2000 and Whitbread Book Awards: Novel Category 2000 and Whitbread Prize (Novel) 2000. Shortlisted for Booker Prize for Fiction 2000.

"'A big, ambitious novel with a rich historical sweep and a host of narrative voices. Its subject is a vicar's ludicrous expedition in 1857 to the Garden of Eden in Tasmania, [as] meanwhile, in Tasmania itself, the British settlers are alternately trying to civilise and eliminate the Aboriginal population... The sort of novel that few contemporary writers have either the imagination or the stamina to sustain' - Daily Telegraph"

Matthew Kneale was born in 1960. He is the author of three critically acclaimed novels, including SWEET THAMES (1992), which won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. He lives in Oxford.

General Fields

  • : 9780140285215
  • : Penguin Books
  • : Penguin Books
  • : 0.336
  • : March 2001
  • : 203mm X 130mm X 33mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paperback
  • : 480