Winner of the Commonwealth Prize New York Times Book Review
--Notable Fiction 2002 Entertainment Weekly
--Best Fiction of 2002 Los Angeles Times Book Review
--Best of the Best 2002 Washington Post Book World
--Raves 2002 Chicago Tribune
--Favorite Books of 2002 Christian Science Monitor
--Best Books 2002 Publishers Weekly
--Best Books of 2002 The Cleveland Plain Dealer
--Year's Best Books Minneapolis Star Tribune
--Standout Books of 2002
Once upon a time, when the earth was still young, before the fish in the sea and all the living things on land began to be destroyed, a man named William Buelow Gould was sentenced to life imprisonment at the most feared penal colony in the British Empire, and there ordered to paint a book of fish. He fell in love with the black mistress of the warder and discovered too late that to love is not safe; he attempted to keep a record of the strange reality he saw in prison, only to realize that history is not written by those who are ruled.
Acclaimed as a masterpiece around the world, Gould's Book of Fish
is at once a marvelously imagined epic of nineteenth-century Australia and a contemporary fable, a tale of horror, and a celebration of love, all transformed by a convict painter into pictures of fish.