Mr Darwin's Shooter by Roger McDonald
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Mr Darwin's Shooter
By Roger McDonald

Mr Darwin's Shooter

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Mr Darwin's Shooter by Roger McDonald

Book Awards

  • Winner of NSW Premier's Literary Award 1999.
  • Shortlisted for Miles Franklin Literary Award 1999.
  • Shortlisted for Victorian Premier's Literary Award - Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction 1999.

Book Description

the story of Syms Covington, Darwin's manservant on the Beagle and afterwards. Last century Charles Darwin set out on a voyage in the Beagle that would change forever the way human history was viewed. It was on this voyage that Darwin collected the information that gave birth to his controversial Theory of Evolution. This is a novel of scientific discovery, of religious faith, of masters and servants, and of the endless wonder of the natural world. But its greatest triumph is Covington himself, the boy who looked up at the beckoning figure of a yellow-haired Christian in the stained glass window in his boyhood church of Bedford, and sought to follow. He leaves Bedford as a lad of 13 and goes to sea with the evangelical sailor John Phipps and becomes one of Phipps' 'lads'. But Phipps' catechising can't repress Covington's passage into manhood, nor prevent him chasing the exotic native maidens of Tierra del Fuego. When next he returns to sea it is to serve on the Beagle. Mr Darwin's Shooter re-creates the voyage of the Beagle, where Covington spends time exploring -- and collecting specimens -- inland. And we travel on to the Galapagos Islands, with their huge

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780091836702
ISBN-10: 0091836700
Format: Paperback
(mm x 131mm x 25mm)
Pages: 365
Imprint: Vintage (Australia)
Publisher: Random House Australia
Publish Date: 5-Feb-1999
Country of Publication: Australia

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Author Biography - Roger McDonald

Roger McDonald is a highly distinguished and prize-winning Australian writer of eight novels and two works of non-fiction. When Colts Ran, his most recent novel, was shortlisted for the 2011 Miles Franklin Prize, the 2011 Victorian Premier's Prize, and the 2011 Prime Minister's Prize. Before that, The Ballad of Desmond Kale won the Miles Franklin award in 2006 and the Adelaide Festival Prize for Fiction in 2008. Other prize-winning books include Mr Darwin's Shooter, Shearers' Motel, and 1915 which became an ABC-TV series.

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