- Winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize, 2002.
- Shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award, 2002.
- Winner of the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, The Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction, 2002.
Once upon a time that was called 1828, before all the living things on the land and the fishes in the sea were destroyed, there was a man named William Buelow Gould, a convict in Van Dieman's Land who fell in love with a black woman and discovered too late that to love is not safe. Silly Billy Gould, invader of Australia, liar, murderer, forger, fantasist, was condemned to live in the most brutal penal colony in the British Empire, and there ordered to paint a book of fish. Once upon a time, miraculous things happened.... Download and start listening now!