The Greatest "Tasmania" Books of All Time

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  1. 1. The Voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin

    This book is a vivid and exciting travel memoir as well as a detailed scientific field journal covering biology, geology, and anthropology that demonstrates the author’s keen powers of observation, written at a time when Western Europeans were still discovering and exploring much of the rest of the world. The author's five-year journey took him from the coasts of South America, Australia, and Africa to the South Pacific islands, during which he collected and documented the natural history of these areas. The voyage and the specimens he brought back would later form the basis for his famous theory of evolution.

  2. 2. For The Term Of His Natural Life by Marcus Clarke

    "For The Term Of His Natural Life" is a gripping historical novel set in the early 19th century, following the life of Rufus Dawes, a young man wrongly convicted of a crime he did not commit. Transported to the brutal penal colony of Van Diemen's Land, Rufus endures unimaginable hardships, including harsh labor, cruel punishments, and the constant threat of death. As he navigates the treacherous world of convicts and corrupt officials, Rufus forms unexpected alliances and discovers the resilience within himself to fight for justice and freedom. This epic tale explores themes of injustice, redemption, and the indomitable human spirit in the face of adversity.

  3. 3. English Passengers by Matthew Kneale

    Set in the 19th century, this novel follows a group of Englishmen who, driven by different motivations, set off on a voyage to Tasmania. The group includes a vicar who believes Tasmania is the site of the Garden of Eden, and a doctor who is interested in studying the 'inferior' races. When they arrive, they encounter the harsh realities of British colonial rule and the near-extinction of the native population. The story is told from multiple perspectives, including that of a Tasmanian man, which provides a broad view of the cultural and social complexities of the era.

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