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By the Mast Divided - David Donachie's 1st. John Pearce novel
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This 1st. edition published 2004 by
Allison & Busby Limited, London
ISBN: 0 7490 8350 6

A black cloth bound book with gilt lettering to spine in FINE condition with page block unsunned.

Condition is genuinely AS NEW!

In a FINE unclipped dust wrapper

£350.00 including UK postage
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Jacket blurb

London 1793: Young firebrand. John Pearce, son of the radical orator and pamphleteer, Adam Pearce, on the run from the authorities, is illegally press- ganged from the refuge of the Pelican tavern to a brutal life aboard HMS Brilliant, a frigate on its way to war. In the first few days Pearce discovers the Navy is a world in which he can prosper. But he is not alone; he is drawn to a group of men — fly Charlie Taverner; quiet Ben Walker; tired old Abel Scrivens; the bairn of the group Rufus Dommet; the droll, tough Irish labourer, Michael O'Hagan, and the bumptious Gherson — pressed men like him, who eventually form an exclusive gun crew, the Pelicans, with Pearce their elected leader.

Shipboard life is hard, brutal and dangerous. That anyone chooses it suggests that life ashore is worse. The Pelicans find solidarity in facing together the cruelty of their hard-nosed captain, Barclay, and the daily threat of bullying, flogging... and even murder. The one light on the horizon is the captain's young, curvaceous wife, Emily.

During an action-packed two weeks, as HMS Brilliant chases a French privateer across the English Channel, this disparate group of men form friendships that will last a lifetime.

David Donachie cleverly weaves these fictional characters into true historical situations to produce a compelling and utterly absorbing introductory novel.

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