A modern biography of the great mariner and adventurer, William Bligh.
Rob Mundle is an international bestselling author, journalist and competitive yachtsman whose own family heritage is with the sea, dating back to his great-great-grandfather who was the master of square riggers. For over forty years he has been able to combine his passion for sailing and boating with his career as a journalist and author. Rob has written ten books, reported on more than 30 Sydney to Hobart Races, covered seven America's Cup challenges (including Australia's historic 1983 win), four Olympics and numerous other major international events. A yachtsman in his own right, he is the winner of local, state and Australian sailing championships, and a competitor in many major local and international contests, including three Sydney to Hobarts. He has sailed everything from sailboards and 18-foot skiffs through to supermaxi yachts and large offshore multihulls. Rob has an intimate knowledge of the waters Bligh explored and traversed, having sailed the Solent, the English Channel, the Mediterranean, around Cape Horn, the northern waters of the Great Barrier Reef, Torres Strait, along the eastern archipelago of Indonesia, the West Indies, Fiji, New Caledonia, Hawaii, Cape Town, Tasmania, New Zealand, New Hebrides and Scandinavia - in Bligh's wake.
A fine storyteller and the scope of his research in Bligh: Master Mariner is vast. - Sydney Morning Herald There's more to Cap'n Bligh than the Bounty mutiny and convicts. - The Australian Mundle admits he does not write as a historian and his account, redolent with the colour and action of life on the high seas, is the more entertaining as a result. - The Daily Telegraph Mundle's strength is that his own experience of the sea makes for vivid, absorbing descriptions of Bligh's voyages. - Weekend Australian Mundle's Bligh is a meticulously researched biography that benefits from its author's seafaring experience and ability to write with bracing vitality of the trials faced during the age of exploration. - The Age Written with sympathy and admiration, this is a rich and forceful story. - The Canberra Times