Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Overlook Preview: Jem Poster's RIFLING PARADISE

Coming in February 2009 is a new novel from Jem Poster: Rifling Paradise. Poster, director of creative writing at the University of Wales and author of the critically acclaimed Courting Shadows, has written a atmospheric thriller set in wilds of nineteenth-century Australia. (Neither Nicole Kidman or Hugh Jackman appear in the book). Recently published in the UK, Rifling Paradise tells the tale of Charles Redbourne, a Victorian naturalist in Australia who heads into the outback to collect specimens. The expedition takes a dramatic and terrifying turn, and Redbourne is forced to confront the uneasy relationship between humankind and the natural world. TLS has called Rifling Paradise "immediately gripping . . .an epic tale whose figures in a landscape encapsulate a turning point in history."

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