A rip-roaring swashbuckler about a forgotten 17th century English hero who, starting as a poor, piratical buccaneer, became a famed round-the-world explorer.
Diana Preston is an Oxford-trained historian, writer, and broadcaster who lives in London. She is the author of The Road to Culloden Moor; A First Rate Tragedy- Robert Falcon Scott and the Race to the South Pole; The Boxer Rebellion and Wilful Murder- The Sinking of the Lusitania. Michael Preston, Diana Preston's husband, read English at Oxford University and is now an historian and traveller.
Lively... extraordinary life - an unlikely combination of
plundering and pioneering achievements in natural history and
exploration * The Sunday Times *
Gripping and well-researched... An impressive achievement * Guardian *
This long overdue biography wonderfully brings to life one of the most important explorers of the seventeenth century -- Nathaniel Philbrick, author of In the Heart of the Sea
This eloquently enthusiastic biography, besides charting Dampier's astonishing achievements, offers fascinating information about his times * The Age, Melbourne *