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    DescriptionThe Shipwreck of the Batavia combines in just the one tale the birth of the world's first corporation, the brutality of colonisation, the battle of good vs evil, the derring-do of sea-faring adventure, mutiny, ship-wreck, love, lust, blood-lust, petty fascist dictatorship, criminality, a reign of terror, murders most foul, sexual slavery, natural nobility, survival, retribution, rescue, first contact with native peoples and so much more. Described by author Peter FitzSimons as "a true Adults Only version of Lord of the Flies, meeting Nightmare on Elm Street," the story is set in 1629, when the pride of the Dutch East India Company, the Batavia, is on its maiden voyage en route from Amsterdam to the Dutch East Indies, laden down with the greatest treasure to leave Holland. The magnificent ship is already boiling over with a mutinous plot that is just about to break into the open when, just off the coast of Western Australia, it strikes an unseen reef in the middle of the night. While Commandeur Francisco Pelsaert decides to take the long-boat across 2000 miles of open sea for help, his second-in-command Jeronimus Cornelisz takes over, quickly deciding that 250 people on a small island is unwieldy for the small number of supplies they have. Quietly, he puts forward a plan to 40 odd mutineers how they could save themselves, kill most of the rest and spare only a half-dozen or so women, including his personal fancy, Lucretia Jansz - one of the noted beauties of Holland - to service their sexual needs. A reign of terror begins, countered only by a previously anonymous soldier Wiebbe Hayes, who begins to gather to him those are prepared to do what it takes to survive . . . hoping against hope that the Commandeur will soon be coming back to them with the rescue yacht. It all happened, long ago, and it is for a very good reason that Peter FitzSimons has long maintained that this is "far and away the greatest story in Australia's history, if not the world's." FitzSimons unique writing style has made him the country's best-selling non-fiction writer over the last ten years, and he is perfect man to make this bloody, chilling, stunning tale come alive.


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    Title
    Batavia
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Peter Fitzsimons
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 512
    Width: 153 mm
    Height: 233 mm
    Thickness: 40 mm
    Weight: 705 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781864711349
    ISBN 10: 1864711345
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25590
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBLH, HBTM
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JD
    BIC E4L: HIS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.3
    Libri: I-TT
    BIC subject category V2: HBJM, HBTQ
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Subject Code: TT
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET026
    Ingram Theme: CULT/AUSTRL
    LC classification: DU
    BISAC V2.8: TRA006010, TRV004000
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1MBFW
    BISAC V2.8: HIS004000
    BIC subject category V2: 3JD
    Abridged Dewey: 990
    DC22: 919.4104
    BIC subject category V2: 1MBFW
    DC23: 994.01
    Thema V1.0: NHM, NHTQ, NHTM
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    Random House Australia
    Imprint name
    Random House Australia
    Publication date
    01 October 2012
    Publication City/Country
    North Sydney
    Author Information
    Peter FitzSimons is a journalist with the "Sun-Herald" and the "Sydney Morning Herald," and the author of more than 20 books, including "How Hemlines Predict the Economy" and "Mawson."