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 & forger, condemned to the most feared penal colony in the British Empire and there ordered to paint a book of fish.
Once upon a time, there were miracles . . .
By Richard Flanagan 2001, this edition 2018
Richard Flanagan was born in Tasmania, spending some time in his childhood living on the West Coast. He won the Man Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North in 2014.