Project Description

In Tasmania, 2004 (Tasmania Book Prize, 2006).

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.

Thomas Keneally, The Guardian
Julian Evans, The Daily Telegraph
Truly wonderful
Alex Miller, The Age, Books of the Year
Christina Lamb, The Sunday Times
Completely engrossing
Tom Adair, The Scotsman
Andrew Riemer, Sydney Morning Herald
Mark Svendsen, The Courier-Mail
The kind of book I like best
Philip Hensher, The Spectator