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The Gospel Of Gods And Crocodiles

The Gospel of Gods and Crocodiles is overflowing with subversive wit, brilliant observations and larger-than-life characters. This bold novel is suffused with Elizabeth Stead’s unique literary style and humour.

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Stranger than anything was Amen Morley. Stranger than anything they had ever known, with his sparse, colourless hair barely covering a skull burned pink by the sun and wild eyes and wet lips full of air and blubber and white cloth covering skin fatter than a sack of sago.

Missionary Amen Morley arrives on a tropical island to find a community largely untouched by the modern world. A magnet for eccentric characters, the island paradise soon becomes a hotspot of conflicting cultures. The preachers are competing to save souls, while others have come to make a new beginning.

There’s Herbert Glass, the English doctor who cures clocks, Missy Wing, the Chinese trader, and Sam Maitland, who the locals dub the ‘crocodile man’. The islanders are bemused by the behaviour of these strange intruders. But instead of being the ones doing the converting, the foreigners end up most transformed by this extraordinary place.

Elizabeth Stead, author of The Aunts' House, The Sparrows of Edward Street, and The Gospel of Gods and Crocodiles
Photo by Victoria Jay

Elizabeth Stead

Elizabeth Stead is the Sydney-born niece of acclaimed novelist Christina Stead. From childhood, Elizabeth was greatly inspired by her grandfather David George Stead, pioneer naturalist, conservationist and storyteller. Elizabeth has published short fiction and five previous novels: The Fishcastle, The Different World of Fin Starling, The Book of Tides, The Gospel of Gods and Crocodiles and The Sparrows of Edward Street. The Aunts’ House is her sixth novel.