Coconut Chaos : Pitcairn, Mutiny And A Seduction At Sea . . .
This singular tale by Whitbread Prize-winning writer Diana Souhami (SELKIRK'S ISLAND) connects the famous mutiny on the Bounty in the Pacific Ocean in 1789 to the plight of the islanders of Pitcairn now. Its conceptual core is chaos theory: how a small chance thing, the taking of a coconut by Fletcher Christian from William Bligh's stores on the ship, had dramatic ramifications that continue today. The vivid narrative includes mutiny, travel, biography, incest, homosexuality, murder and rape, science and technology, fantasy and selective history. Sea voyages, most of them extraordinary, drive the narrative forward, the author's own journey to Pitcairn where Fletcher Christian hid to escape punishment; Bligh's navigation to Timor in violent weather, without maps, in a small boat, with scant supplies and starving men; the voyage to England with mutineers in chains and their shipwreck ...
- Paperback | 272 pages
- 128 x 196 x 24mm | 222.26g
- 01 Oct 2008
- Orion Publishing Co
- Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
- London, United Kingdom
"wonderfully odd, charming and very funny" SUNDAY TELEGRAPH "deliriously bonkers travelogue-come-adventure yarn" INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY "a rare book, daring, clever and unique" WATERSTONES BOOKS QUARTERLY
About Diana Souhami
Diana Souhami is the author of many widely acclaimed books, including SELKIRK'S ISLAND, which won the 2001 Whitbread Biography Award. She has also written plays for radio and television.