In Tasmania by Nicholas Shakespeare


Ispired by tales of Tasmania's exceptional beauty and by its remote location, Nicholas Shakespeare decided to travel there, and soon realised that this is where he wanted to live. Only later did he discover a cache of letters written by an ancestor as corrupt as he was colourful: Anthony Fenn Kemp, the so-called 'Father of Tasmania'. On his Mother's side, too, Shakespeare found he has unknown Tasmanian relations: a pair of elderly sisters who had left their farm only once in 1943. 

In Tasmania is the history of two turbulent centuries in an apparently idyllic place. But what makes this more than a personal quest is Shakespeare's discovery that the Tasmanian Aboriginals did not die out.