Author(s): Jem Poster
When past indiscretions catch up with Charles Redbourne, a minor English landowner, he is propelled from England to Australia, where he plans to make his mark as a naturalist. There, his life begins to change dramatically, not least when he meets his host's wayward, artistic daughter. But it is on an expedition in search of scientific specimens in the Blue Mountains that events take a terrifying turn. Vividly conveying the unspoken codes of Victorian society, this is a gripping tale of an emotional and psychological reckoning, which offers an inspired meditation on the relationship between humankind and the natural world.
'Jem Poster's second novel, "Rifling Paradise", is immediately gripping...Poster has a sure grasp of how to touch in character and communicate vivid pictures of place and action.' -- Tom Aitken, Times Literary Supplement 'A stylish, assured and thoughtful narrative.' -- Jonathan Bates, Guardian 'If great openings are meant to make the reader turn the page, let's just say I turned it - and kept on feverishly turning to the very end...As a psychological thriller, it's as close to wonderful as anything I've recently read' -- Julie Myerson, Guardian on COURTING SHADOWS
Jem Poster is the author of a poetry collection, Brought to Light (Bloodaxe, 2001), and the novel COURTING SHADOWS, published by Sceptre in 2002. He holds the Chair of Creative Writing at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. In 2003 RIFLING PARADISE won an Arts Council Writers' Award for a work in progress.