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The best kind of history - a ripping naval yarn set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic wars in Europe and the colonising of Tasmania.
Sarah Bakewell had a wandering childhood in Europe, Australia and England. After studying at the University of Essex, she was a curator of early printed books at the Wellcome Library before becoming a full-time writer, publishing her highly acclaimed biographies The Smart and How To Live. She lives in London, where she teaches creative writing at City University and catalogues rare book collections for the National Trust. www.sarahbakewell.com
"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 "Precise, amusing and intriguing. A vivid and moving portrait of an extraordinary but flawed man... A terrific book" Daily Telegraph "Sarah Bakewell has a fine story to tell, and she is its skilled servant...A wonderful, intelligently told story" -- Thomas Keneally Guardian "Splendid... An extraordinary story brilliantly told" Australian "An accomplished book" Sunday Times