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The Weaver Fish

Written by Robert Edeson


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Cambridge linguist Edvard Tøssentern, presumed dead, reappears after a balloon crash. When he staggers in from a remote swamp, gravely ill and swollen beyond recognition, his colleagues at the research station are overjoyed. But Edvard’s discovery about a rare giant bird throws them all into the path of an international crime ring.

The Weaver Fish is a gripping adventure story. Set on the island nation of Ferendes in the South China Sea, this book’s sound science and mathematical games will make you question all that you know, or think you know, about weaver fish, giant condors, the infamous tornado-proof Reckles® Texan hat, and much much more.

The Weaver Fish is fiendishly clever … a novel unlike anything you’ve read before.’ Books+Publishing

‘You won't have read anything quite like this before.’ Scoop Magazine

‘That Edeson can balance action clichés with gorgeous scientific asides is proof of his unique gifts. The Weaver Fish is not merely ambitious but unclassifiable.’ Australian Book Review

‘Forget the purple weaver fish: this is a book of a thousand red herrings, all of which eventually connect with congenial characters, a good serve of suspense and a dash of romance thrown in. More please.’ Adelaide Advertiser

‘Evocative writing, in which the science is an essential character. The ideas stimulate and mesmerise.’ Robyn Williams, ABC Radio National, The Science Show


T.A.G. Hungerford Award (Winner 2012)

ISBN 9781922089526 (Paperback)
Formats B+ Format (208 x 140mm) (Paperback)
Categories T.A.G. Hungerford Winners
Crime & Mystery
Book Club Reads
Award Winning
Pages 272
Publication Year 2014
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
Rights World
  • Robert edeson

    Robert Edeson

    Robert Edeson was born in Perth, Western Australia, and educated at Christ Church Grammar School, the University of Western Australia and the University of Cambridge. He has been a consultant anaesthetist and researcher, publishing in the neuroscience, biophysical and mathematical literatures. Read more