An historical, pastoral, satirical, scientifical romance, with mustelids A young man out poaching. A beautiful maiden in a mysterious house. A perilous voyage to distant islands.
All the ingredients of a highly coloured Victorian romance are played out in the context of the great colonial experiment.
Exotic species travelled back to stock the collections of Europe while useful species were dispatched to found new colonies in the antipodes. Walter Allbones really existed. So did his ferrets. From these facts, Fiona Farrell has spun a delicate, satirical fantasy about human folly and the perils attendant on disturbing the subtle balance of nature.
Walter Allbones really existed. So did his ferrets.
From these facts, Fiona Farrell has spun a delicate, satirical fantasy about human folly and the perils attendant on disturbing the subtle balance of nature.
The Hopeful Traveller "[the] richness - of both theme and languages - imbues it with sometimes startlingly sensual imagery." Margie Thomson, NZ Herald "History, contemporary angst, and a dash of the miraculous - a rich mix." Molly Anderson, Otago Daily Times.
Book Book 'a little one-of-its-kind masterpiece' - Iain Sharp, Sunday Star Times
Born in Oamaru and educated at Otago and Toronto, Fiona Farrell has been writing since the 1980s. She has published books of poetry, collections of short stories and novels. Her novel The Skinny Louie Book won the New Zealand Book Award for Fiction in 1992, several of her other novels have been shortlisted for the Montana New Zealand Book Awards and she has won many other prizes, including the Bruce Mason Award for Playwrights and the Katherine Mansfield Fellowship in Menton.
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