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The New World by Andrew Motion

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Motion’s last book, Silver, was a sequel to Treasure Island where Jim Hawkins’ son and Long John Silver’s daughter, after some rollicking adventures, end up shipwrecked. This starts where that finished with Jim (junior) and Natty being thrown up on hostile shores – mainland America. Captured by a bloodthirsty tribe led by Chief Black Cloud and escaping death, they steal a precious silver necklace. Adopted by a friendly tribe and eventually pursued by Black Cloud this is narrated by Jim in a rather naïve first-person. An adventure yarn it certainly is but it goes deeper than that. What Motion is perhaps trying to do is explore what happens when ‘civilised’ settlers meet indigenous people. It harks more towards Huckleberry Finn than R L Stevenson. A story richly imagined capturing the clash of cultures in a frontier society. Jim and Natty are thieves, they stole Black Cloud’s necklace just as the white man will steal his continent. It ends back in London and is left wide open for another sequel.

If you like Andrew Motion you might also like to read books by James Mcgee, Mark Keating and John Drake.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. At the end of his adventures in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island Jim Hawkins reflects, ‘the bar silver and the arms still lie, for all that I know, where Flint buried them.’ This ambiguous ending served as the launch pad for Motion’s 2012 book Silver, set years hence when Hawkins’ son, also called Jim, embarks on a fresh quest to reclaim treasure alongside his friend Natty, the capricious daughter of Long John Silver. This sequel opens with the young pair stranded off the coast of Texas. Captured by native tribes, they undergo a true test of courage and endurance as they try to dodge the pursuit of the vengeful Black Cloud until they finally reach the Mississippi. In a dark adventure story with philosophical reflection on the loss of an indigenous culture, Motion has fashioned an exciting narrative that fans of the original will welcome.
~ Amanda Hodges


The New World by Andrew Motion

Jim and Natty are shipwrecked on the coast of Texas, blown off course on their way home from Treasure Island. But they have stolen something they should have left well alone, something that will haunt them until what was taken has been returned...On their journey they encounter Native American tribes, a wandering group of European Circus performers, deracinated warriors, eccentric pioneers, some landscapes of great serenity and others of terrible savagery, until, at last, they reach the mighty Mississippi. The New World is an adventure story, a race across America, a Western, a travelogue, a love story and a lament for an indigenous culture in the years before its destruction. Andrew Motion has achieved that singular thing - a story that is both very moving and very exciting, and always written with a remarkable clear beauty.

About the Author

Andrew Motion

Andrew Motion was born in 1952. He began his career teaching English at the University of Hull. He has also been Editor of the Poetry Review, Editorial Director of Chatto & Windus, Poet Laureate, co-founded of the Poetry Archive and was knighted for his services to literature in 2009. He is now Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and lives in London.

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30th November 1999


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