Van Diemen’s Land by James Boyce | Black Inc.

Van Diemen’s Land

Awards for Van Diemen’s Land

  • Winner - 2009 Tasmania Book Prize
  • Winner - 2008 Colin Roderick Award and recipient of H.T. Priestley Memorial Medal
  • Shortlisted - 2009 Prime Minister's Literary Award
  • Shortlisted - Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction, 2009 NSW Premier's Literary Awards
  • Shortlisted – Non-Fiction Award, 2010 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature
  • Shortlisted – Non-Fiction Award, 2008 Age Book of the Year Awards
  • Shortlisted - Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-Fiction, 2008 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards
  • Shortlisted - The Prize for a First Book of History, 2008 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards
  • Shortlisted - History Book Award, 2008 Queensland Premier's Literary Awards
  • Shortlisted - Australian History Prize, 2008 NSW Premier's History Awards
  • Shortlisted - Newcomer of the Year in the 2008 Australian Book Industry Awards

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About the author

James Boyce

James Boyce is a multi-award-winning historian. His first book, Van Diemen’s Land, was described by Richard Flanagan as ‘the most significant colonial history since The Fatal Shore’. He is also the editor of Inga Clendinnen

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Praise for Van Diemen’s Land

‘The first ecologically based social history of colonial Australia, showing how wallabies led to liberty, and the bush became a true home for desperate men. A brilliant book and a must-read for anyone interested in how land shapes people.’ —Tim Flannery

Van Diemen’s Land is a fresh and sparkling account of the first generation of British settlement in Tasmania that also makes an important contribution to Australian colonial historiography.’ —Henry Reynolds


‘The publication of Van Diemen’s Land signals an entirely fresh approach to Australian history-writing … this is a brilliant publication.’ —Alan Atkinson

‘Like the best history, Van Diemen’s Land is not an artfully constructed narrative with the (inevitably inadequate) evidence banished to endnotes, but a dialogue between historian and reader as they explore the fragile sources, and the silences, together.’ —Inga Clendinnen

‘This remarkable, astute and accessibly scholarly work is to be savoured like a salty breeze off the Derwent.’ —Christopher Bantick, Sunday Tasmanian


‘Boyce’s Van Diemen’s Land is a triumph.’ —The Sydney Morning Herald

‘… passionate and comprehensive … ’ —Australian Book Review

‘ … a remarkable work …’ —The Canberra Times

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Black and white photograph of Inga Clendinnen
Black and white photograph of Inga Clendinnen