A parcel arrived the other day from Amanda Purdie, a friend in Melbourne. Amanda was a PR supremo in London and is now back at home following a 20 year spell with us. The parcel had this book in it...
...the cover and blurb suggests a ripping yarn woven around historical fact.
This will be my second book on Matthew Flinders. The first is by the indomitable Peter Ashley of the Royal Navy.
This book is a finely honed and beautifully written summary of Matthew Flinders and his achievements. It does not shy away from the uncomfortable and, sometimes, toe-curling realities of 18C naval life. The book continues to be my way in to my subject.