The Company: The Story of a Murderer

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Picador, 2003 - Netherlands - 200 pages
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"I, Jeronimus, am a man of phials, a measurer of powders on bronze scales, a potion brewer, an opium and arsenic merchant. The primped and perfumed Amsterdam burghers came to me in droves requiring cures for fevers, love balms, the miscarriage of a bastard child and, of course, poisons. Ah, poisons..." The Company is based on the true story of a Dutch East India flagship, the Batavia, which foundered off the coast of Western Australia in 1629. Jeronimus Cornelisz, a thirty-year-old apothecary with murder, mutiny, rape and torture on his mind, assumes command of the survivors, who all thought they were lucky to be alive. With Cornelisz in control, however, an extraordinary reign of terror begins, leaving those who survived wishing they had gone down with the ship. 'Elegant and hypnotically malevolent' Kate Grenville, winner of the Orange Prize 2001 'A compelling and utterly original story of shipwreck, madness and evil. It is written in gorgeous prose . . . and features a splendidly ruthless villain. A fine, dark novel' Patrick McGrath

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

We know who did it. This is a book that compensates for that hurdle by depth of research into one of the big Sea-faring disaster stories. The wreck of the Dutch East India Company's ship "Batavia ... Read full review

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User Review  - PennyAnne - LibraryThing

Fascinating story of the wreck of the Batavia and the "Lord of the Flies" type events which ensued. I have seen the remains of the Batavia and some of the items salvaged and have always been ... Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Arabella Edge studied at Bristol University and left for Australia in 1992. Her first novel, The Company, won Best First Book in the 2001 Commonwealth Writer's Prize in the South Pacific region, and was shortlisted for Australia's Miles Franklin Award 2001. She has since written The Raft and Fields of Ice, which was published in 2011. She lives with her husband Nick Gaze on the east coast of Tasmania.

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