The WRECK of the BATAVIA

by Simon Leys

First published in Australia in 2005 by Black Inc.
First published in great Britain in 2007 by Atlantic Books, imprint of Grove Atlantic Ltd.
ISBN 978 1 84354 581 1

CONDITION:

A blue cloth bound book with gilt lettering to the spine. Minimal wear to the boards and pages are immaculate. Condition is at least VERY GOOD PLUS (as new).
The un-price clipped dust wrapper has also minimal wear and is in VERY GOOD PLUS condition.

133 mm. x 206 mm. x 16 mm. Weight wrapped <300 grams. Price £5.00 plus postage

Jacket flap blurb:

In 1629, the ship Batavia, pride of the Dutch East India Company, was wrecked on the edge of a coral archipelago, some fifty nautical miles from the Australian continent. Most of the people on board survived the wreck, only to become victims of a visionary psychopath who, with the help of a dozen mutineers, organised a methodical massacre of the hapless community awaiting rescue. The tragedy of the Batavia seized the European imagination even more than the sinking of the Titanic would do in the twentieth century. In this riveting account, Simon Leys travels to the site of the disaster to explore the bloody fate that befell the ship's survivors.

Also included here is Leys' elegiac essay, `Prosper'. A deeply personal piece, it recalls a summer when Leys joined the crew of a tuna-fishing boat from Brittany, one of the last boats still working under sail. This experience was Leys' first taste of the oldest and finest form of seamanship and its traditions, hardships and dangers. This remarkable narrative preserves Leys' memories of his sailing companions and pays tribute to their vanished world.

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