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  • Published: 1 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781407074597
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

Treasure Island

‘Who can think of a pirate without conjuring up the image of Long John Silver?’ Daily Mail


When young Jim Hawkins discovers a treasure map in a pirate’s chest in his parents’ inn, he is drawn into a world of danger and adventure. He joins the crew setting sail to the Caribbean to seek out the booty and over the course of the voyage confronts mutiny, murder and the charismatic and devious Long John Silver.

  • Pub date: 1 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781407074597
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224

About the Author

Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh in 1850. The son of a prosperous civil engineer, he was expected to follow the family profession but was finally allowed to study law at Edinburgh University. Stevenson reacted forcibly against the Presbyterianism of both his city's professional classes and his devout parents, but the influence of Calvinism on his childhood informed the fascination with evil that is so powerfully explored in Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Stevenson suffered from a severe respiratory disease from his twenties onwards, leading him to settle in the gentle climate of Samoa with his American wife, Fanny Osbourne.

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Praise for Treasure Island

“A poet, a rebel, a philosopher, a genius far ahead of his time, [Stevenson] has given us some of the most powerful characters of English literature”

Daily Mail

“What I didn't anticipate was the power of Stevenson's prose. His ability to bring everything vividly to life is still astonishing. It was probably the first time for me that reading became as exciting as messing about. The pirate has a dangerous glamour to him, a degenerate dandyism, something, once I was in my teens, that I would admire in people like David Bowie and Sid Vicious'”

Jake Arnott, Daily Telegraph

“Reading Treasure Island at the age of seven or eight was my real awakening as a reader... it is all as frightening and exciting when read for the umpteenth time in middle age as when first discovered in childhood”

A.N.Wilson,, Daily Telegraph

“I believe Treasure Island to be Robert Louis Stevenson's masterpiece. The very opening - the murder-bent Blind Pew, tapping his way towards the isolated inn - is designed to make our flesh creep. Long John Silver is a great literary creation. Re-reading the book, it gripped me as firmly now as it did under the torch-lit blankets 60 years ago”

George Melly, Sunday Telegraph

“How perfectly structured and paced it is, every episode carefully weighted, every chapter end a cliffhanger, scarcely a word wasted”

The Times

“Scary, funny and loaded with the kind of unforgettable characters that make all writers want to try harder”

Eoin Colfer, The Week

“An undisputed masterpiece”

Daily Telegraph

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