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.
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.
Publication date: 09/10/2014
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd an imprint of Vintage
|Publication date:||9th October 2014|
|Publisher:||Jonathan Cape Ltd an imprint of Vintage|
|Genres:||Action Adventure / Spy, eBook Favourites,|
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. Author photo © Charlotte KneeMore About Andrew Motion