To the Edge of the World by Harry Thompson

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This is an epic novel of sea-faring adventure set in the 19th century charting the life of Robert Fitzroy, the captain of 'The Beagle' and his passenger Charles Darwin. It combines adventure, emotion, ideas, humor and tragedy as well as illuminating the history of the 19th century. Fitzroy, the Christian Tory aristocrat, believed in the sanctity of the individual, but his beliefs were a challenge to his career. Darwin, the liberal naturalist doubts the truth of the Bible and develops his theory of evolution which is brutal and unforgiving in human terms. The two friends became bitter enemies as Darwin destroyed everything Fitzroy stood for. The spirit of Patrick O?Brian is not far away. This Thing of Darkness is?a superior adventure story.? ?The Independent

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To the Edge of the World, originally published in the U.K. as This Thing of Darkness, was Harry Thompson's first novel. In 2005, it was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and short-listed for the Pendleton First Novel Award. Thompson died in November 2005 after a battle with cancer.
Published July 19, 2006 by MacAdam/Cage. 789 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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All is well when Darwin publishes The Voyage of the Beagle in 1839 to acclaim, but when, after nearly 30 years and innumerable conversations, Darwin publishes the godless The Origin of Species to great fanfare, the friendship ends, leaving FitzRoy in ignominy and despair.

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