Secondhand. Very good condition. Minor wear to front cover top right corner. Pages sunned.
Vogel Literary Award,1995 winner
This absurdist comedy is set in the broken-down fictional Australian penal colony, Old & New Bridgeford. There's mayhem, violence and generally very odd behaviour exhibited by the soldiers and convicts dumped in what feels like the middle of nowhere.
Every man and woman in this colony is being stretched beyond belief just to survive, but there's humour too in the surviving.
There's a doctor who's too preoccupied in razing the native flora to practice medicine, a madman stranded on a rocky outcrop engraving a tiny map of England 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. (back cover)