Reading English Passengers

English Passengers by Matthew Kneale was lent to me by my partner. Thought I’d give it ago as we do share common reading habits (I got her into Jasper Fforde). As it started with a captain in the Isle of Man (where I lived for 5 years) I thought it could be good.It two stories running together – a group of eccentric Englishmen making a voyage to Tasmania to discover the Garden of Eden, the other story following a young aborigine, Peevay, trying to survive the ‘invasion’ of European immigrants to Tasmania (who basically wipe out the aboriginal population). The stories are told as a series of diary entries and letters by each of the characters as they make their journeys – it’s cleverly done too.

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