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In Tasmania

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An insightful and exquisitely observant work exploring one of the world’s most distant, mythic―and misunderstood―lands.

The settlement of Tasmania by Europeans began two hundred years ago. Nicholas Shakespeare first went there, having heard of the island’s exceptional beauty, because it was famously remote. He soon decided that this was where he wanted to live. Only later did he discover a cache of letters written by an ancestor as corrupt as he was colorful: Anthony Fenn Kemp, the so-called Father of Tasmania. On his mother’s side, too, Shakespeare found he had unknown Tasmanian relations; a pair of spinsters who had never left their farm except once, in 1947, to buy shoes. Their journal recounted a saga beginning in Northern England in the 1890s with a dashing but profligate ancestor who, having played tennis with the Kaiser, ended his life in disgrace in the Tasmanian bush. In this fascinating history of two turbulent centuries in an apparently idyllic place, Shakespeare effortlessly weaves the history of the island with his multiple stories, a cast of unlikely characters from Errol Flynn to the King of Iceland, a village full of Chatwins, and, inevitably, a family of Shakespeares.

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The settlement of Tasmania by Europeans began two hundred year ago. Nicholas Shakespeare first went there, having heard of the island's exceptional beauty, because it was famously remote. He soon decided that this was where he wanted to live. Only later did he discover a cache of letters written by an ancestor as corrupt as colorful—Anthony Fenn Kemp, the so-called "Father of Tasmania." On his mother's side, too, Shakespeare found he had two unknown Tasmanian relations—a pair of spinsters who had never left their farm except once, in 1947, to buy shoes. Their journal recounted a saga beginning in Northern England in the 1890s with a dashing but profligate ancestor who, having playing tennis with the Kaiser, ended his life in disgrace in the Tasmanian bush.

In this fascinating history of two turbulent centuries in an apparently idyllic place, Shakespeare effortlessly weaves the history of the island with his multiple stories, a cast of unlikely characters from Errol Flynn to the King of Iceland, a village full of Chatwins, and, inevitably, a family of Shakespeares.

About the Author :

Nicholas Shakespeare is the author of The Vision of Elena Silves (1989), winner of the Somerset Maugham Award; The High Flyer, which was chosen for the Granta list in 1993; and The Dancer Upstairs, which was the American Libraries Association's Best Novel of 1997 and was made into a film of the same name by John Malkovich. He divides his time between England and Tasmania.

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