This Thing Of Darkness

This Thing Of Darkness

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 16/01/2006
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This Thing Of Darkness
Absolutely staggering
I stumbled upon this book in a charity shop having never heard of it or the author, and it remains the best £1 I've ever spent because this is a masterpiec... READ MORE
Sam E


A brilliant, action-packed and gripping novel of Charles Darwin's voyage on the Beagle - longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

In 1831 Charles Darwin set off in HMS Beagle under the command of Captain Robert Fitzroy on a voyage that would change the world.

Brilliant young naval officer Robert FitzRoy is given the captaincy of HMS Beagle, surveying the wilds of Tierra del Fuego. He's a man of tradition and principle, with a firm belief in the sanctity of the individual in a world created by God. On board, is a passenger, Charles Darwin - a young trainee cleric, and amateur geologist.

This is the story of a deep friendship between two men, and the twin obsessions that tear them apart, leading one to triumph, and the other to disaster.

  • Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 9780755302819
  • Number of pages: 768
  • Weight: 608g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 163 x 50 mm

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This Thing Of Darkness
This Thing of Darkness
A truly marvellous book. This tells the story of HMS Beagle and the voyage that changed the way the world thought. It shows Darwin develop his theory of ev... READ MORE
Neil Chambers
This Thing Of Darkness
A truly fantastic book looking at the Darwin story from a different angle and giving a wonderful viewpoint of Captain Fitzroy and how his life seemed to de... READ MORE
Samuel Leafe
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This Thing of Darkness by Harry Thompson
I really enjoyed this book much to my surprise! About Captain Robert Fitzroy, (a man plagued by what would be called today Bipolor disorder )commisioned by... READ MORE
This Thing Of Darkness
Brilliant book - read it
This book has everything: action adventure on the high seas; the origins of theory of evolution; colonisation in the Americas and New Zealand; cultural imp... READ MORE
This Thing Of Darkness
Don’t be put off by the size of this novel!
What a phenomenal book. This is the fifteenth anniversary edition of the novel and having ready the introduction by Daisy Goodwin my heart broke a little b... READ MORE
Kate Southey
This Thing Of Darkness
Brings to life a man often overlooked.
This was such an interesting and surprising novel. Following the lives of captain Robert Fitzroy and Charles Darwin, we see how these men became pioneers i... READ MORE