Gould's Book of Fish
|Cover artist||William Buelow Gould (artwork), Alex Snellgrove (design)|
|Publisher||Picador, Pan Macmillan, Australia|
|Media type||Print Hardback & Paperback|
Gould's Book of Fish is a fictionalised account of the convict William Buelow Gould's life both at Macquarie Harbour and elsewhere during his life in Van Diemen's Land.
The novel is unusual in that it makes use of paintings by the real Van Diemonian convict artist William Buelow Gould reproduced with permission from William Gould's Sketchbook of Fishes, held by the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts, in the State Library of Tasmania. These images of fish are used both as chapter headings and inspiration for characters. Different editions around the world have used different images of Gould's for their cover.
- Dedication: "For Rosie, Jean and Eliza, swimming in ever widening rings of wonder."
- Epigraph: "My mother is a fish." - William Faulkner.
- Commonwealth Writers Prize, South-East Asia and South Pacific Region, Best Book, 2002: winner
- Commonwealth Writers Prize, Overall Best Book Award, 2002: winner
- Miles Franklin Literary Award, 2002: shortlisted
- Victorian Premier's Literary Award, The Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction, 2002: winner
- Booksellers Choice Award, 2001: shortlisted
- Australian Literary Society Gold Medal, 2002
- Australian Book Review
- New York Times Michiko Kakutani, 'A Reborn Criminal Distils Beauty From a Prison's Abominable Depths'
- The Christian Science Monitor: "Lowly fish battle Tasmanian devil", Ron Charles, 28 March 2002
- The Daily Telegraph
- The Guardian "In the hands of madmen", 1 June 2002
- The Observer "Con fishing", Robert MacFarlane, 26 May 2002