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Issue Details: First known date: 2002... 2002 Carrion Colony
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'With a nod of his head to Peter Carey's Jack Maggs, Richard King, winner of the 1995 The Australian/Vogel Literary Award, writes with tongue-in-cheek to give us a boisterous novel of just one of the beginnings of white Australia.

'In the fine and funny tradition of absurdist writing, Carrion Colony is the exciting new novel from the winner of the 1995 Australian/Vogel Literary Award.

'Set in a broken-down penal colony, Old + New Bridgeford, in Australia in the early 19th century, Richard King writes an extraordinarily compelling, somewhat autobiographical and tongue-in-cheek view on just one of the beginnings of white Australia.

'There's mayhem, violence and generally very odd behaviour exhibited by the soldiers and the convicts dumped in what feels like the middle of nowhere.

'There's a doctor who's too preoccupied in razing the native flora to practise medicine, a madman stranded on a rocky outcrop engraving a tiny map of Great Britain in the stone, a cartographer whose pencils are blunt and the Spanish Girl, the most beautiful woman in the kingdom, with a mean knack for Red Ace.

'Every man and woman in this colony is being stretched beyond belief just to survive, but there's humour too in the surviving.

'Carrion Colony is a boisterous novel, full of verve, that interprets history with a wickedly satirical lens.' [publisher's summary]

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Notes:
Dedication: for my grandmother, Jessie Magdalene Wakefield, (1908-1996)
    • Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2002 .
      Extent: 261p.
      ISBN: 1865087602 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

Untitled James Wells-Green , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: JAS Review of Books , June no. 16 2003;

— Review of Carrion Colony Richard King , 2002 single work novel
Colonial Capers Fall Flat Andy Bull , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 19 October 2002; (p. 15)

— Review of Carrion Colony Richard King , 2002 single work novel
Colonial Romps Nicholas Drayson , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 245 2002; (p. 49-50)

— Review of Mrs Cook : The Real and Imagined Life of the Captain's Wife Marele Day , 2002 single work novel ; Carrion Colony Richard King , 2002 single work novel
The Wild Colonial Ploy Laurie Clancy , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 22 September 2002; (p. 10)

— Review of Carrion Colony Richard King , 2002 single work novel
Humble to the Crust Cath Hart , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 20 July 2002; (p. 7)

— Review of Carrion Colony Richard King , 2002 single work novel
Untitled James Wells-Green , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: JAS Review of Books , June no. 16 2003;

— Review of Carrion Colony Richard King , 2002 single work novel
Wretched Sons and Widows Margaret Jones , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 24 August 2002; (p. 12)

— Review of Carrion Colony Richard King , 2002 single work novel ; Mrs Cook : The Real and Imagined Life of the Captain's Wife Marele Day , 2002 single work novel
Home Brew Peter Pierce , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 27 August vol. 120 no. 6339 2002; (p. 66)

— Review of Hindustan Contessa : A Novel Jane Watson , 2002 single work novel ; Carrion Colony Richard King , 2002 single work novel ; Of a Boy Sonya Hartnett , 2002 single work novel ; I'm a Believer Jessica Adams , 2002 single work novel ; Borrowed Eyes Saskia Beudel , 2002 single work novel
Humble to the Crust Cath Hart , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 20 July 2002; (p. 7)

— Review of Carrion Colony Richard King , 2002 single work novel
The Wild Colonial Ploy Laurie Clancy , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 22 September 2002; (p. 10)

— Review of Carrion Colony Richard King , 2002 single work novel
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