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Issue Details: First known date: 2016 2016
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'Captain Charles O'Hara Booth, Commandant of Port Arthur Penal Settlement in Van Diemen's Land, fears his life will change when Sir John Franklin arrives to replace Colonel Arthur as Governor. As Franklin and his wife Jane discover, the colony is run by a clique of Arthur's former army officers, who have no intention of relinquishing power to a naval 'hero' reputed to be a simpleton. Clashes begin, observed by Harriet Adair, who has come to the island with Mrs Anna Rochester, a woman partially recovered from years living as a madwoman in the attic of Thornfield Hall. They are searching for the truth about her past in the West Indies...This astonishing and historically accurate novel intriguingly and brilliantly links Sir John Franklin's great tale of exploration and empire with Jane Eyre's iconic love story, questioning the relationship between history and fiction. It also considers the human cost of colonisation, and shows how these events lead inexorably to Franklin's last fatal expedition.' (Publication summary)

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  • Other formats: Also large print.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2016 .
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      Extent: 448p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 24th August 2016
      ISBN: 9781760113834

Works about this Work

Mr Rochester Sets Sail for Van Diemen's Land Louise Swinn , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , no. 18-19 September 2016; (p. 21) The Sydney Morning Herald , 17-18 September 2016; (p. 26)

— Review of Wild Island Jennifer Livett 2016 single work novel
Jane Eyre Moves to Van Diemen's Land in Jennifer Livett's Wild Island Louise Swinn , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 8 September 2016;

— Review of Wild Island Jennifer Livett 2016 single work novel
'Mixing real history with classic fiction, Wild Island imagines Jane Eyre and Rochester making their long passage to Van Diemen's Land. It is the 1830s – dramatic times. Lives were short, and in a brief space of time, everything could be lost: fortunes, husbands, health, entire families, or, as Jane Eyre's Bertha Mason experienced, the mind. ...'
Island of Strange Stories Jennifer Livett , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: Good Reading , September 2016; (p. 30-31)
'Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre has inspired all kinds of fan fiction and adaptations, such as the 1966 prequel Wide Sargasso Sea. But in this new novel by Sydney resident JENNIFER LIVETT, the lives of Jane Eyre characters become entwined with those of real 19th-century Tasmanians, including doomed Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin. Here Jennifer tells us how she came up with the idea for Wild Island.'
Dualities and Delights in Van Diemen's Land William Simon , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , August vol. 76 no. 1 2016; (p. 218-221)

— Review of Wild Island Jennifer Livett 2016 single work novel
Mr Rochester Sets Sail for Van Diemen's Land Louise Swinn , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , no. 18-19 September 2016; (p. 21) The Sydney Morning Herald , 17-18 September 2016; (p. 26)

— Review of Wild Island Jennifer Livett 2016 single work novel
Jane Eyre Moves to Van Diemen's Land in Jennifer Livett's Wild Island Louise Swinn , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 8 September 2016;

— Review of Wild Island Jennifer Livett 2016 single work novel
'Mixing real history with classic fiction, Wild Island imagines Jane Eyre and Rochester making their long passage to Van Diemen's Land. It is the 1830s – dramatic times. Lives were short, and in a brief space of time, everything could be lost: fortunes, husbands, health, entire families, or, as Jane Eyre's Bertha Mason experienced, the mind. ...'
Dualities and Delights in Van Diemen's Land William Simon , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , August vol. 76 no. 1 2016; (p. 218-221)

— Review of Wild Island Jennifer Livett 2016 single work novel
Island of Strange Stories Jennifer Livett , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: Good Reading , September 2016; (p. 30-31)
'Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre has inspired all kinds of fan fiction and adaptations, such as the 1966 prequel Wide Sargasso Sea. But in this new novel by Sydney resident JENNIFER LIVETT, the lives of Jane Eyre characters become entwined with those of real 19th-century Tasmanians, including doomed Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin. Here Jennifer tells us how she came up with the idea for Wild Island.'
Last amended 7 Nov 2016 12:51:17
Subjects:
  • Van Diemen's Land (1803-1856), Tasmania,
Settings:
  • Tasmania,
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