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Paradise in Chains: The Bounty Mutiny and the Founding of Australia
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Diana Preston
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Paradise in Chains: The Bounty Mutiny and the Founding of Australia

Diana Preston



Australasian & Pacific history


352 pages

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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This deeply researched book examines the First Contact history of Britain and the South Pacific (particularly Tahiti) and weaves the stories of the infamous mutiny on the Bounty with the establishment of the Port Jackson penal colony. It juxtaposes the reality of colonisation with the perceived romantic notion of the noble savage in paradise. Quoting extensively from primary sources, it traces Bligh’s adventures and misfortunes, the fate of the mutineers, as well as Arthur Phillip’s governorship, and Mary Bryant’s epic escape by open boat. A solid history. Lindy Jones


Celebrated historian Diana Preston presents betrayals, escapes, and survival at sea in her account of the mutiny of the Bounty and the flight of convicts from the Australian penal colony.

The story of the mutiny of the Bounty and William Bligh and his men's survival on the open ocean for 48 days and 3,618 miles has become the stuff of legend. But few realise that Bligh's escape across the seas was not the only open-boat journey in that era of British exploration and colonisation. Indeed, 9 convicts from the Australian penal colony, led by Mary Bryant, also traveled 3,250 miles across the open ocean and some uncharted seas to land at the same port Bligh had reached only months before.

In this meticulously researched dual narrative of survival, acclaimed historian Diana Preston provides the background and context to explain the thrilling open-boat voyages each party survived and the Pacific Island nations each encountered on their journey to safety.

Through this deep-dive, readers come to understand the Pacific Islands as they were and as they were perceived, and how these seemingly utopian lands became a place where mutineers, convicts, and eventually the natives themselves, were chained.

By:   Diana Preston
Imprint:   Bloomsbury
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   687g
ISBN:   9781632866103
ISBN 10:   1632866102
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   November 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Diana Preston is an acclaimed historian and author of the definitive Lusitania: An Epic Tragedy, Before the Fallout: From Marie Curie to Hiroshima (winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History), The Boxer Rebellion, and The Dark Defile: Britain's Catastrophic Invasion of Afghanistan, 1838-1842, among other works of narrative history. She and her husband, Michael, live in London.

History at its best: lively, vivid and thorough. Author Diana Preston delivers that rare combination of incredible research with clear writing to produce a book that holds your attention and makes you want to keep reading well into the night. -- Michael J. Tougias, New York Times bestselling author and coauthor of RESCUE ON THE BOUNTY, THE FINEST HOURS, and SO CLOSE TO HOME Preston deftly and graphically weaves the complex stories--hitherto kept distinct--of these land, sea and air innovations into a connected narrative. For the first time, readers can grasp the mounting cognitive assault on civilians, soldiers and politicians of the curious clustering of events that spring. The New York Times Book Review on A HIGHER FORM OF KILLING [A] gripping and excellent book ... Preston, whose previous books include a history of the sinking of the Lusitania, tells this grim story well. Her extensive archival research fills in the historical chronology with well-selected quotations from personal accounts of participants at every level of civilian and military life and of government. The Washington Post on A HIGHER FORM OF KILLING

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