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Issue Details: First known date: 2000... 2000 The Company : The Story of a Murderer
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'"I, Jeronimus, am a man of phials, a measurer of powders on bronze scales, a potion brewer, an opium and arsenic merchant. The primped and perfumed Amsterdam burghers came to me in droves requiring cures for fevers, love balms, the miscarriage of a bastard child, and, of course, poisons. Ah, poisons."

So speaks Jeronimus Cornelisz, a thirty-year-old apothecary who transforms before our eyes into a murderous madman.

'The Company is a novel based on the 1629 voyage of the Dutch East India Company flagship Batavia, bound for the colonies with a cargo of untold riches. Among the passengers is Cornelisz, a man ousted from polite society by sordid rumors of necromancy. Corrupt to the very marrow of his soul, Cornelisz considers himself God's equal, the rightful heir to gold, silver – even another man's wife. So twisted is he by lust and greed that he incites a mutiny, running the ship aground on a reef.

'All is lost – the ship is wrecked, its passengers dying, the treasure trashed at the bottom of the sea. "The apothecary will heal us," the survivors pray, believing themselves lucky to be alive. In the name of benevolence, Cornelisz seizes command of their island refuge. The brave castaways stir with hope – until the killing begins. For forty frenzied days, Cornelisz decides who shall live and who shall die, leaving his victims with just one wish – that they had gone down with the ship.

'Soaked with the blood of the innocent and the wicked, The Company plunges, with the weight of history, deep into the heart of darkness.'

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Originally written as a Thesis (M.A.) University of Technology, Sydney, 1999.
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Picador , 2000 .
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      Extent: 371p.
      Description: port.
      Reprinted: 2001
      ISBN: 0330362208
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Simon and Schuster ,
      2001 .
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      Extent: 369p.
      Reprinted: 2003
      ISBN: 0743213424
    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Picador ,
      2002 .
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      Extent: 371p.
      ISBN: 033048978X
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Picador ,
      2003 .
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      Alternative title: The Company
      Extent: 1v.p.
      ISBN: 0330489798, 9780330489799
Alternative title: De Compagnie : het relaas van een moordenaar
Language: Dutch
    • Amsterdam,
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      Netherlands,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      De Boekerij ,
      2001 .
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      Extent: 256p.p.
      ISBN: 9022530485, 9789022530481

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Works about this Work

Untitled Jenny Evans , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 16 no. 1 2002; (p. 33)

— Review of The Company : The Story of a Murderer Arabella Edge , 2000 single work novel
[Review] The Company Janda Gooding , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: JAS Review of Books , no. 2 2001; Journal of Australian Studies , no. 69 2001; (p. 176178)

— Review of The Company : The Story of a Murderer Arabella Edge , 2000 single work novel
History and Theirstories : A Review of Some Recent Australian and Asian Fiction Douglas Kerr , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , November vol. 46 no. 2001; (p. 190-203)

— Review of True History of the Kelly Gang Peter Carey , 2000 single work novel ; The Slow Death of Patrick O'Reilly Phil Leask , 2001 single work novel ; The Company : The Story of a Murderer Arabella Edge , 2000 single work novel ; Captain Bligh's Portable Nightmare John Toohey , 1998 single work novel ; The Water Underneath Kate Lyons , 2001 single work novel ; Strangers Nigel Gray , 1999 single work novel ; The Day We Had Hitler Home : A Novel Rodney Hall , 2000 single work novel ; Remembering Malcolm Macquarrie Maggie Blick , 2001 single work novel
CoverNotes Mike Shuttleworth , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 23 September 2001; (p. 11)

— Review of The Company : The Story of a Murderer Arabella Edge , 2000 single work novel ; Nardika Learns to Make a Spear Christopher Fry , 2001 single work non-fiction
Ideas Whose Time has Come Jane Sullivan , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 17 June 2001; (p. 10)
Survivors at the Mercy of an Evil Protector Christopher Bantick , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 19 August 2000; (p. 16)

— Review of The Company : The Story of a Murderer Arabella Edge , 2000 single work novel
The Currency of Madness Peter Rose , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 26 August 2000; (p. 9)

— Review of The Company : The Story of a Murderer Arabella Edge , 2000 single work novel
Between a Reef and a Hard Place James Bradley , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 2 September 2000; (p. 6)

— Review of The Company : The Story of a Murderer Arabella Edge , 2000 single work novel
The Vital Shore Judith White , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 22 August vol. 118 no. 6238 2000; (p. 94-95)

— Review of Vixen Hoa Pham , 2000 single work novel ; The Arch-Traitor's Lament Garry Satherley , 2000 single work novel ; The Storyteller Adib Khan , 2000 single work novel ; The Australian Fiance Simone Lazaroo , 2000 single work novel ; Family Album : A Novel of Secrets and Memories Margaret Scott , 2000 single work novel ; Playing Madame Mao Lau Siew Mei , 2000 single work novel ; Conditions of Faith Alex Miller , 2000 single work novel ; The Company : The Story of a Murderer Arabella Edge , 2000 single work novel
Macabre and Deranged Robert Drewe , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 224 2000; (p. 37-38)

— Review of The Company : The Story of a Murderer Arabella Edge , 2000 single work novel
Sailing into evil Dina Ross , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age , 5 May 2001; (p. 7)
Ideas Whose Time has Come Jane Sullivan , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 17 June 2001; (p. 10)
Edge of Darkness Jason Steger , 2000 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Age , 12 August 2000; (p. 9)

Awards

2001 winner International Awards Commonwealth Writers Prize South East Asia and South Pacific Region Best First Book Award
2001 shortlisted Miles Franklin Literary Award
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