Wednesday, July 31, 2013

"The Man Who Mapped Australia"

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.

Pierhead Press.

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.

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