FROM THE WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2014
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.
Lyrical and hilarious, tender and wildly angry by turns, it dazzlingly reconceives the form of the novel
Gould's Book of Fish is a novel about fish in the way that Moby-Dick is a novel about whales, Ulysses is a novel about the events of a single day
A vivid, voluptuous, exhilarating writer
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