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Peter Moore is a writer, journalist and lecturer. He teaches creative writing at City University and the University of Oxford. His first book, Damn His Blood, reconstructed a rural murder in 1806. His second, The Weather Experiment, a Sunday Times bestseller, traced early efforts to forecast the weather. He lives in London.


"A joy of a biography, offering up a blizzard of maritime and political fascinations... Moore has written a book that makes the case for his little ship both compelling and irrefutable" -- Simon Winchester * New York Times *
"Moore uses Endeavour as a window to the age of enlightenment. Like the period it recounts, this book has enormous energy, creativity and self-confidence. It's a feast of endless exotic dishes, all delivered with immense style" -- Gerard DeGroot * The Times Books of the Year *
"Beautifully constructed, his book is not just the history of a single vessel, but a window into the intellectual and political life of the age of enlightenment, from the thrill of botanical discovery to the horror of Cook's last moments on the beaches of Hawaii" -- Dominic Sandbrook * Sunday Times Books of the Year *
"A dazzling combination of science and adventure, lyrically evocative descriptions of lush tropical landscapes and salt-stung seascapes, and a portrait of an absolute joy from start to finish, and surely my history book of the year" -- Christopher Hart * Sunday Times *
"Fascinating and richly detailed... Peter Moore has brought us an acute insight into the ship that carried some of the most successful explorers across the world. A fine book that's definitely worth exploring" -- Michael Palin
"Endeavour is an extraordinary book about an unlikely ship that defined an age... Like the age it recounts, it is a book of energy, creativity and self-confidence" -- Gerard DeGroot * The Times, **Books of the Year** *
"Pays brilliant tribute to what was arguably the most significant ship in the history of British exploration" -- Nick Rennison * Daily Mail *
"Bold and imaginative... the same brave wind that filled Endeavour's sails blows through this book and it is hard to resist" -- David Crane * Spectator *
"Moore's richly detailed book is an engrossing love letter to a work, an attitude and a ship: it is an endeavour that honours Endeavour, without denying the death and destruction that followed in her wake" -- Ruth Scurr * Guardian *
"Moore's approach is lavishly digressive... A rollicking yarn" -- Lewis Jones * Sunday Telegraph *
"Endeavour was more than merely the first English vessel to reach New Zealand and Australia's east coast. She was also a floating laboratory, a vast seed-bank and an international observatory...the spirit of Enlightenment under sail" * The Economist *
"Peter Moore's elegant and entertaining new book offers us a fascinating biography of the Endeavour, using it as a window onto the broader world of the mid-18th-century English Enlightenment...a deeply satisfying book. It represents an intelligent, diverse, fresh and challenging approach to writing the history of exploration" * Literary Review *
"This narrative of the ship commanded by Captain Cook is illuminated by imagination and creativity. Particularly brilliant is the depiction of its context in 18th-century Britain, where the culture of intellectual enquiry we know as the Enlightenment prompted the Admiralty to support Cook, and he was accompanied by botanists, astrologers, artists and cartographers" * Times Higher Education *
"What a truly remarkable book this is...entirely fresh and original...shows how this stalwart, unpretentious, little coal bark came to embody the Age of Exploration, of Enlightenment, of Empire, and of Revolution" -- Professor Iain McCalman, author of Darwin's Armada and The Reef: A Passionate History, from Captain Cook to Climate Change
"[An] extraordinary story... [and] a fascinating period of history" -- Chris Burns * Yorkshire Post *
"Endeavour's... story... [will] rarely be more engagingly recorded than here" -- Harry Mead * Northern Echo *
"Engrossing detail... written in an engaging literary style... [a] fine book" -- Glyn Williams * Times Literary Supplement *

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