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The Sooterkin

The Sooterkin by Tom Gilling
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The Sooterkin is a vividly imagined and wickedly funny tale of an upside-down world turned inside out.

On a squally afternoon in the winter of 1821 Sarah Dyer gives birth to the strangest child ever seen in Van Diemen's Land, a thing more seal than human. The Reverend Mr Kidney at first suspects a virgin birth. Mr Sculley, an anatomist and man of science, hails it as the antipodean answer to the elusive Dutch sooterkin.

The pup is a joy to its parents and a welcome companion to the their nine-year-old son, Ned. But when a well-dressed stranger arrives bearing a modest proposal for the infant's future, no-one foresees the trouble that lies ahead.

'As fantastical as anything in the writings of Garcia Marquez, an elating experience, it's a rare delight to see such an accomplished novelist emerge fully formed.' Bulletin

The Text Publishing Company; April 1999
224 pages; ISBN 9781921834578
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Title: The Sooterkin
Author: Tom Gilling
 
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