* Jane Rogers intertwines the powerful dramas of the first year of the convict-colony with present-day lives in her classic novel
Winner of the Writers' Guild Best Fiction Book Award, 1996
The year is 1788, the place New South Wales. Marine Lieutenant William Dawes has arrived in the Antipodes to build an observatory, reform the convicts and understand the Aborigines. He is a good man who will be subject to many temptations.
In England, now, a child is born. His mother knows he has extraordinary powers; his father knows he is a helpless cripple. Olla, defending and nurturing her miraculous son, emerges as one of the strangest and most compelling characters of contemporary fiction.
Jane Rogers intertwines the powerful dramas of the first year of the convict-colony with these present-day lives to make a rich and gripping novel.
Ambitiously conceived and brilliantly realized - THE TIMES
Sublime ... A haunting and passionate novel, beautifully related, with some of the best passages of descriptive writing I have read for a long time - INDEPENDENT
Compelling, elegantly written, acutely intelligent and thoughtful - TIME OUT
One of Jane Roger's many strengths as a literary novelist is her ability to blend fact and fiction entertainingly and almost seamlessly...a distinctive, dynamic work that explores the nature of all types of exile. - GOOD HOUSEKEEPING
Jane Rogers has published nine novels, written original television and radio drama, and adapted work (her own and others') for radio and TV. Her novels include Conrad and Eleanor, The Testament of Jessie Lamb, Mr Wroe's Virgins, Island, and The Voyage Home. Writing awards include the Arthur C Clarke Award, Somerset Maugham Award, Writers' Guild Best Fiction Book, BAFTA nomination best drama serial, Guardian Fiction Prize runner up and Arts Council Award. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and teaches the Faber Short Story Writing course.