Wrack by James Bradley
A Novel

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Nominated for Australia's Commonwealth Writer's Prize for Best First Book.

David Norfolk, an archaeologist searching for a sixteenth-century Portuguese ship, long rumored to be buried beneath sand dunes of southern Australia, unearths instead the body of a man apparently murdered fifty years ago. Nearing the of his funding and absolutely desperate to find the ship, David hears about a decrepit old man named Kurt Seligman, who lies dying in a shack near the excavation site. Hoping by some chance that Seligman may know something about the location of the Portuguese ship and perhaps even about the identity of the dead man, David begins a conversation that yields a strange and impassioned tale, a cryptic confession of obsessive love and betrayal in the 1930s and '40s. Sensuous, erudite, and framed by sixteenth- and eighteenth-century maritime history and myth, Wrack spins a web of lies, sex, and regret that is as unusual as it is beautiful.
 

About James Bradley

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James Bradley's first novel, Wrack, won the 1998 Fellowship of Australian Writers Literature Award and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer's Prize. Holt will publish his next novel, The Deep Field, in the fall of 1999. He lives in Sydney.
 
Published January 1, 1997 by Vintage. 341 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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It’s the story of The English Patient, and told in the same manner: Seligmann and a friend sought the shipwreck, but WWII intervened.

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A seamless fusion of dramatic wartime love story, historical fiction and archeological murder mystery, Australian writer Bradley's accomplished debut novel has a dreamlike compulsion. Archeologist Dav

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A seamless fusion of dramatic wartime love story, historical fiction and archeological murder mystery, Australian writer Bradley's accomplished debut novel has a dreamlike compulsion.

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