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Coconut Chaos

by Diana Souhami

eBooks of the Month Reading Group Recommendations The Real World Travel

LoveReading View on Coconut Chaos

Escape to the remote island of Pitcairn and let the author weave a story of life there now and life when the first settlers from The Bounty landed there over 200 years ago. Rich in description, you can imagine yourself there and gain a great history lesson on the most famous mutiny ever to take place, with the authors on embellishments perhaps. A perfect summer read to take you away to a tropical island, if only in your imagination


Coconut Chaos Synopsis

This singular tale by Whitbread Prize-winning writer Diana Souhami (SELKIRK'S ISLAND) connects the famous mutiny on the Bounty in the Pacific Ocean in 1789 to the plight of the islanders of Pitcairn now.

Its conceptual core is chaos theory: how a small chance thing, the taking of a coconut by Fletcher Christian from William Bligh's stores on the ship, had dramatic ramifications that continue today.

The vivid narrative includes mutiny, travel, biography, incest, homosexuality, murder and rape, science and technology, fantasy and selective history.

Sea voyages, most of them extraordinary, drive the narrative forward, the author's own journey to Pitcairn where Fletcher Christian hid to escape punishment; Bligh's navigation to Timor in violent weather, without maps, in a small boat, with scant supplies and starving men; the voyage to England with mutineers in chains and their shipwreck ...

Coconut Chaos Press Reviews

"wonderfully odd, charming and very funny" SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

"Souhami's instincts are so fine She is confident enough, too, to play with her readers' desire for narrative authenticity." KATHRYN HUGHES, THE GUARDIAN

"deliriously bonkers travelogue-come-adventure yarn" INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

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ISBN: 9780753823675
Publication date: 02/04/2008
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780753823675
Publication date: 2nd April 2008
Author: Diana Souhami
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback
Genres: eBook Favourites, Reading Groups, The Real World, Travel,

About Diana Souhami

Diana Souhami is the author of many widely acclaimed books, and she has also written plays for radio and television. She won the Whitbread Biography Award for Selkirk's Island.

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