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Gould's Book Of Fish : Vintage Classics - Richard Flanagan

Gould's Book Of Fish

Vintage Classics


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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 and 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...Richard Flanagan's Commonwealth Prize-winning classic is published here for the first time in Vintage Classics.

About the Author

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 novel, WANTING, won the 2009 QLD Premier's Literary Award for Fiction, the 2008 WA Premier's Literary Award for Fiction, The 2011 Tasmanian Book Prize, was a 2008 New Yorker Notable Book, 2008 Library Journal Notable Book, 2008 London Observer Book of the Year, and 2008 Washington Post Book of the Year. It was also shortlisted for the 2009 Miles Franklin Literary Award. He directed a feature film version of THE SOUND OF ONE HAND CLAPPING. His most recent work is a collection of his nonfiction pieces, AND WHAT DO YOU DO, MR GABLE?. He lives in Hobart with his family.


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A quirky, unexpected read


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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Engaging Characters
  • Well Written


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    Comments about Gould's Book Of Fish:

    I loved this book. Gould's life was difficult, but Flanagan writes Gould as an opportunist - he takes advantage of every opportunity, even when the chips are down, Gould carries on. Quirky.

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    Richard Flanagan

    Richard Flanagan was born in Longford, Tasmania, in 1961. He is descended from Irish convicts transported to Van Diemen’s Land in the 1840s. His father is a survivor of the Burma Death Railway. One of his three brothers is Australian Rules football journalist Martin Flanagan. He grew up in the remote mining town of Rosebery on Tasmania’s western coast.

    His novels, Death Of A River Guide, The Sound Of One Hand Clapping, Gould’s Book Of Fish, The Unknown Terrorist, Wanting and The Narrow Road to the Deep North have received numerous honours and are published in twenty-six countries.

    He directed a feature film version of The Sound Of One Hand Clapping. A collection of his essays is published as And What Do You Do, Mr Gable?

    His latest book The Narrow Road to the Deep North won the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

    Visit Richard Flanagan's Booktopia Author Page

    ISBN: 9781742755090
    ISBN-10: 1742755097
    Series: Vintage Classics Ser.
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 480
    Published: 1st February 2012
    Publisher: Random House Australia
    Country of Publication: AU
    Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.0  x 3.1
    Weight (kg): 0.33
    Edition Number: 1