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Top 40 Book Club : December 2008
Wanting RICHARD FLANAGAN events, Wanting is a novel about art, love and wanting ‘ Based on historic ’ Governor of Van Diemen's Land, Sir John Franklin and his wife, Lady Jane, adopt Mathinna, a young Aboriginal girl as an experiment. Lady Jane believes the distance between savagery and civilisation is the learned capacity to control wanting. The experiment fails and Sir John disappears into the blue ice of the Arctic seeking the North-West Passage. A decade later Lady Jane enlists Charles Dickens' aid to put an end to the scandalous suggestions that Sir John's expedition ended in cannibalism. Based on historic events, Wanting is a novel about art, love, reason and wanting. 12