Title Profile & Character Information

English Passengers

Annotation
"When Captain Illiam Quillian Kewley and his band of rum smugglers from the Isle of Man have most of their contraband - but not all - confiscated by British Customs, they are forced to put their ship Sincerity up for charter. The only takers are two eccentric Englishmen who want to embark for the other side of the globe." "The Reverend Geoffrey Wilson believes the Garden of Eden was on the island of Tasmania. His traveling partner, Dr. Thomas Potter, unbeknownst to Wilson, is developing a revolutionary, and sinister, thesis of his own, about the races of men. And these passengers are perhaps only slightly more odd than the crew itself, a diverse and lively bunch better equipped to entertain one another than to steer Sincerity around Cape Horn and across the Indian Ocean. Yet they set sail, pointed southward and bound for a thrilling, epic romp across the high seas and cultures of the nineteenth century." "Meanwhile, an aboriginal in Tasmania named Peevay recounts his people's struggles against the invading British, who prove as lethal in their good intentions as in their cruelty. This is no Eden but a world of hunting parties and colonial ethnic cleansing. As the English passengers haplessly approach Peevay's land, their bizarre notions evermore painfully at odds with reality, we know a mighty collision is looming."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Awards
2000  Costa Book Awards
2001  American Library Association Notable Books

Characters
NameKewley, Illiam Quillian
GenderMale
OccupationShip's captain
TraitEnglish

NamePotter, Thomas
GenderMale
OccupationsScientist
 Doctor
TraitEnglish

NameWilson, Geoffrey
GenderMale
OccupationMinister
TraitEnglish

NamePeevay
GenderMale
TraitsTasmanian aborigine
Bi-racial

GenreHistorical
Adventure
    --Nautical
Sociological
Fiction
TopicsExpeditions
Voyages
Cultural conflict
Genocide
British colonialism
SettingTasmania, Australia
Sincerity (Ship)
Ship
Sea