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Mr Peacock's Possessions by Lydia Syson

Mr Peacock's Possessions

Lydia Syson

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Imprint: Zaffre Publishing
Publisher: Zaffre Publishing
Publication date: 17 May 2018
ISBN: 9781785761867

Oceania 1879. A family of settlers from New Zealand are the sole inhabitants of a remote volcanic island. For two years they have struggled with the harsh reality of trying to make this unforgiving place a paradise they can call their own. At last, a ship appears. The six Pacific Islanders on board have travelled eight hundred miles across the ocean in search of work and new horizons. Hopes are high for all, until a vulnerable boy vanishes.

  • The TimesBook of the Year
5 stars out of 5
Antonia Senior
1 Dec 2018

"a mesmerising portrait of a family unravelling"

In 1879 the dysfunctional Peacock family are living alone on a beautiful island in Oceania. Driven by the relentless vision of the patriarch, the intolerant, obsessive Mr Peacock, the family attempt and fail to tame paradise and make it pay. A boat full of Pacific Islanders appears, and the family’s struggles ease for a time as the newcomers help with their project. However, when one of the children goes missing, the island’s sinister secrets are slowly revealed. A mesmerising portrait of a family unravelling.


  • The Sunday TimesBooks of the Year
4 stars out of 5
Peter Kemp
25 Nov 2018

Mr Peacock’s Possessions (Zaffre £12.99) by Lydia Syson, set on a remote Pacific island in the 1880s, is an absorbing exploration of a daughter’s disillusion with her father’s dreams of freedom.