When past indiscretions catch up with Charles Redbourne, a minor English landowner, he is propelled from England to Australia, where he plans to make his mark as a naturalist. There, his life begins to change dramatically, not least when he meets his host's wayward, artistic daughter. But it is on an expedition in search of scientific specimens in the Blue Mountains that events take a terrifying turn. Vividly conveying the unspoken codes of Victorian society, this is a gripping tale of an emotional and psychological reckoning, which offers an inspired meditation on the relationship between humankind and the natural world.
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About Jem Poster
Jem Poster is the author of a poetry collection, BROUGHT TO LIGHT (Bloodaxe, 2001), and a previous novel, COURTING SHADOWS, published by Sceptre in 2002. He holds the Chair of Creative Writing at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. In 2003 RIFLING PARADISE won an Arts Council Writers' Award for a work in progress.
Rifling Paradise by Jem Poster
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