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  • Published: 1 May 2006
  • ISBN: 9780099438069
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $24.99
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The English Dane

From King of Iceland to Tasmanian Convict




'A rollicking, roistering yarn about one of the most extraordinary adventurers of all time, written with the care of a true scholar adn the verve of a born storyteller. A triumph' - Magnus Magnusson

This gripping nineteenth-century adventure stars Jorgen Jorgenson, who ran away to sea at fourteen and began a brilliant career by sailing to establish the first colony in Tasmania. Twists of fortune then found him captaining a warship for Napoleon before joining a British trading voyage to Iceland, where he staged an outrageous coup and ruled the country for two months.

Much lay ahead, from imprisonment in the hulks to patronage by Joseph Banks and travels in Europe as a British spy. But Jorgenson was dogged by his own excesses, and ended up transported as a convict to the very colony he helped to found. Here he reinvented himself again as an explorer, and, despite his sympathy for the people, was caught up in the terrible Aboriginal clearances. Using unpublished sources and letters, Sarah Bakewell tells his astonishing tale with dazzling verve.

  • Published: 1 May 2006
  • ISBN: 9780099438069
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $24.99
Categories:

About the author

Sarah Bakewell

Sarah Bakewell had a wandering childhood in Europe, Australia and England. After studying at the University of Essex, she wrote fiction and worked in bookshops before becoming Curator of early printed books at the Wellcome Institute Library for the History of Medicine in London. She curated an exhibition with Marina Warner for the Science Museum and catalogues rare book collections for the National Trust. She is the author of The Smart;The English Dane: From King of Iceland to Tasmanian Convict, and the bestselling biography How to Live: A life of Montaigne in one question and twenty attempts at an answer. www.sarahbakewell.com

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Praise for The English Dane

'Precise, amusing and intriguing.A vivid and moving portrait of an extraordinary but flawed man'

Daily Telegraph

'Sarah Bakewell has a fine story to tell, and she is its skilled servant...A wonderful, intelligently told story'

Thomas Keneally, Guardian

'An accomplished book'

Sunday Times

'Unsettling and powerful'

Literary Review

'Bakewell is superbly matched to the task. Her account of the world encountered by Jorgenson is as rich and nuanced as her description of his life'

Independent

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