The Life and Adventures of John Nicol, Mariner

The Life and Adventures of John Nicol, Mariner

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The Life and Adventures of John Nicol, Mariner is a recently rediscovered text that vividly renders the unforgettable story of a man whom history had nearly forgotten. In his many voyages, the Scottish-born sailor John Nicol twice circumnavigated the globe, visiting every inhabited continent. He participated in many of the greatest events of exploration and adventure in the 18th century. He battled pirates, traded with Native Americans and fought for the British navy in the American and French Revolutions; he also travelled on the first female convict ship to Australia, was entertained in Hawaii by the king's court days after the murder of Captain James Cook, and witnessed the horrors of the slave system in Jamaica. Above all, this is a riveting memoir of an ordinary man's extraordinary life, told with an honesty and humility that is beguiling.

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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 127 x 195.58 x 15.24mm | 158.76g
  • Canongate Books Ltd
  • EdinburghUnited Kingdom
  • New edition
  • Main
  • map, port.
  • 1841950912
  • 9781841950914
  • 244,147

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* fascination reading. Historical Novels Review * Nicol's simply told yet evocative observations are full of humanity...His power of recollection is remarkable. Daily Telegraph * A knockout ... Nicol is a sunny, charming, highly observant guide and a first-rate story-teller. Sunday Herald * a good read for anyone interested in life at sea in a different age Yachting Monthly * A remarkable record of our modern world in embryo. -- Tim Flannery, explorer, scientist and author of HERE ON EARTH Geographical

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About John Nicol

Tim Flannery is a celebrated Australian mammalogist, palaeontologist and global warming activist. Flannery was named Australian of the Year in 2007 and is presently an adjunct professor at Macquarie University. He edited and introduced Canongate's internationally acclaimed edition of an eighteenth-century sailor's account of circumnavigating the globe (twice!), The Life and Adventures of John Nicol, Mariner, published in 2000.

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