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  • Published: 30 November 2011
  • ISBN: 9781448117161
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 480
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Captain Cook




An intimate biography of one of histories greatest explorers.

A uniquely woven story encompassing three separate centuries and three different lives. Captain Cook, best known for his heroic voyages through the Pacific Ocean, is brought to life in vivid detail. We follow his humble beginnings as the son of a farm labourer, through his convention-shattering treatment of the indigenous groups he met on his travels, and then onto his final tragic voyage which signalled the end of his revered reputation.

One hundred years on from the death of Cook, another great man, George Collingridge begins his own adventure. He, like Cook was oblivious to the implications his journey would have. Along the way he unfolds ancient maps, secret tales and unearths hidden lands and buried treasure. He is also said to have realised that it was not Cook who discovered Australia - it was the Portugese. This firm belief was the eventual cause of his self-destruction.

Another hundred years later Vanessa Collingridge, is searching for books on her lifelong hero Captain Cook in a university library. She discovers the name of a distant cousin, George Collingridge, in a dusty card index. And so a new journey of discovery begins - in the footsteps of her hero and his nemesis.

  • Published: 30 November 2011
  • ISBN: 9781448117161
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 480
Categories:

About the author

Vanessa Collingridge

Having studied Geography at Oxford, Vanessa became a writer and broadcaster for the Telegraph, Radio 4, and ITV's Tonight. In 2004 she presented a two-day live astrological watch with Adam Hart-Davies on BBC1, a series on Scottish history for STV/Grampian and was one of Alan Titchmarsh's co-presenters in the major BBC TV series The Natural History of Britain.

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Praise for Captain Cook

Assured, thorough and perceptive investigating

The Scotsman

Enthralling

Sunday Times

A vivid, absorbing account of the great explorer...animated by his biographer's passion for the humbly-born Yorkshireman

Independent

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