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

Gould's Book Of Fish

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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

    Descended from Irish convicts transported to Van Diemens Land (later renamed Tasmania) during the Great Famine, Richard Flanagan was born in his native island in 1961, the fifth of six children. He spent his childhood in the mining town of Rosebery and left school at sixteen to work as a bush laborer. He later attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. His first novel is the much celebrated Death of a River Guide (available from Grove Press), which won major Australian literary prizes including the 1996 National Fiction Award and was described by the Times Literary Supplement as "one of the most auspicious debuts in Australian writing."

    His second novel, The Sound of One Hand Clapping (available from Grove Press), was similarly critically acclaimed and has sold over 150,000 copies in Australia, an unprecedented figure there for a literary novel. It won the Australian Booksellers Book of the Year Award and the Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction. Flanagan's first two novels, declared Kirkus Reviews, "rank with the finest fiction out of Australia since the heyday of Patrick White." Gould's Book of Fish, his third novel, won Best Book for the 2002 Commonwealth Writers Prize in the South East Asia & South Pacific Region.

    In addition to Australia and the USA, his novels are being published in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Sweden, Britain, Germany, Holland, and France. He directed an acclaimed feature film based on The Sound of One Hand Clapping, which had its world premiere in competition at the 1998 Berlin Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Golden Bear for best film. He lives in Tasmania with his wife and three children.

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    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
    Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.1  x 3.1
    Weight (kg): 0.33