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An historical, pastoral, satirical, scientifical romance, with mustelids!

An historical, pastoral, satirical, scientifical romance, with mustelids. A young man out poaching. A beautiful maiden in a mysterious house. A perilous voyage to distant islands. All the ingredients of a highly coloured Victorian romance are played out in the context of the great colonial experiment. Exotic species travelled back to stock the collections of Europe while useful species were dispatched to found new colonies in the antipodes. Walter Allbones really existed. So did his ferrets. From these facts, Fiona Farrell has spun a delicate, satirical fantasy about human folly and the perils attendant on disturbing the subtle balance of nature.

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Decline and Fall on Savage Street
Light Readings
The Villa At the Edge of the Empire
The Strange Case of the Disappearing Body
The Hopeful Traveller
Book Book
Six Clever Girls Who Became Famous Women
The Skinny Louie Book (Penguin Award Winning Classics)


The Narrow Road to the Deep North
The Handmaid's Tale
To Kill A Mockingbird
Beauty in Thorns
The 7th Function of Language
The Award
Echo Burning
A Gentleman in Moscow
Best Laid Plans
Fool Me Once
The Golden House
The Girl on the Train
The Heart's Invisible Furies
Swing Time
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
Life After Life
The Girls
Cold Blood
Fifty Shades Darker