**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.