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In Tasmania Hardcover – 1 Nov 2004

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Random House Australia; 1st Edition. edition (1 Nov. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1740512715
  • ISBN-13: 978-1740512718
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,407,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The narrative is part Peter Carey, part Gothic novel, with plenty of drunkeness, torture,villainy and cannibalism to be aghast at. A fine travel book too" (Evening Standard)

"A fabulous read" (Vogue)

"An excellent portrait of aunique island" (Sunday Telegraph)

"Superb" (Guardian)

"Shakespeare excels at providing psychological insights. An intimate and revealing work only a truly gifted writer could have produced" (Independent) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'A beautiful affectionate portrait' Sunday Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By A Customer on 7 Nov. 2005
Format: Paperback
Nicholas Shakespeare's 'In Tasmania' is a reminder of the sheer absurdity of the human condition, equally applicable 200 years' ago as to today. There are tales aplenty that only real life can produce. 'In Tasmania' is one of those books so rich in prose and so vivid in content that one comes away as if one had actually been present across the decades in this most bizarre of places. How fascinating our collective heritage is. Mr Shakespeare has produced a tremendous read.
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Format: Paperback
enjoyed the journey. the author has found himself a nice corner of the world to reflect and weave some tales - good for him! old and new converge and contrast with some humour, insight and a liberal slice of the island's history. a nice reminder that there is a very different world outside our large cities. definitely adding Tazzie to the visit list after finishing this one.
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Format: Paperback
. . . and make it riveting reading at the same time. I imagine that most of us in the UK give little thought to Tasmania - that will almost certainly change for readers of this book. Mr Shakespeare weaves the early history of the country round that of his ancestors in a most entertaining fashion. At the same time he does not neglect the present. There were some awful rogues and vagabonds who seem to congregate here and once again poor Captain Bligh came unstuck at the hands of some of them! The claim that the Aborigines were/are not extinct is a little specious and depends very much on your definitions of "extinct" and "Aborigine" and what seems a current fashion among Tasmanians.
The paperback version is ill-served by the reproduction of the illustrations and the publishers should be ashamed to issue such poor examples. If those in the hard cover version are equally as bad I think N. Shakespeare should sue.
Nevertheless I recommend this book as a thoroughly good and very informative read.
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This is a quirky combination of fact, family history and insight in to this remote country. Ideal to read before or during a visit to the place.
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