Author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas turns to a nautical adventure for his next offering and takes it a step beyond the classic tale, expanding on the story in masterful fashion. Excellent in historical detail, human drama and danger, it is an impressive work of note. The man can certainly hold a plot however well known the story, and there is certainly lots of this you won’t know.
Pickpocket John Jacob Turnstile is on his way to be detained at His Majesty's Pleasure when he is offered a lifeline, what seems like a freedom of sorts - the job of personal valet to a departing naval captain. Little does he realise that it is anything but - and by accepting the devil's bargain he will put his life in perilous danger. For the ship is HMS Bounty, his new captain William Bligh and their destination Tahiti.
From the moment the ship leaves port, Turnstile's life is turned upside down, for not only must he put his own demons to rest, but he must also confront the many adversaries he will encounter on the Bounty's extraordinary last voyage. Walking a dangerous line between an unhappy crew and a captain he comes to admire, he finds himself in a no-man's land where the distinction between friend and foe is increasingly difficult to determine.
'An excellent story...Written with a total command of naval expertise, without ever spilling over into pedantry, Mutiny on the Bounty is storytelling at its most accomplished.' Independent
Publication date: 07/05/2009
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
|Publication date:||7th May 2009|
|Publisher:||Transworld Publishers Ltd|
|Genres:||Action Adventure / Spy, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
John Boyne was our Guest Editor in May 2010 - click here - to see the books that inspired his writing. John Boyne was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1971, and studied English Literature at Trinity College, Dublin, and creative writing at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, where he was awarded the Curtis Brown prize. His early writing consisted mostly of short stories and he published a number of them. His first story, The Entertainments Jar, was shortlisted for the Hennessy Literary Award in Ireland. In total, he has published about 70 short stories. He has published seven novels: THE THIEF ...More About John Boyne