To Die a Dry Death

To Die a Dry Death : The True Story of the Batavia Shipwreck

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Surviving the shipwreck was the easy part 1629. Shipwrecked on an uncharted reef thirty miles off the coast of Australia, two hundred men, women and children scramble ashore on tiny, hostile islands. There is no fresh water and the only food is what they can salvage from the wreck, or harvest from the sea. The ship's officers set out in an open boat on a two-thousand-mile journey across uncharted ocean to seek help. But there's not enough food and water for everyone on the islands to last until a rescue ship arrives. One man will stop at nothing to ensure that he is among the survivors. But adversity throws up heroes. Soon there's war between two groups, both determined to be there to greet that rescue ship when it arrives. If it arrives. The terrifying true story of the Batavia shipwreck. Contains graphic violence.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 380 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 22mm | 553g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1508723419
  • 9781508723417
  • 1,493,539

About Greta Van Der Rol

Greta van der Rol was born in Amsterdam and grew up in Perth, Western Australia, where she went to university to complete a BA(Hons) in history, in between spending time on Perth's wonderful beaches. With that background, it's hardly surprising that she developed an abiding, almost obsessive, interest in the Dutch wrecks along the Western Australian coast, dating back to the seventeenth and eighteenth century. She always promised herself that, one day, she'd write a story about one of those wrecks. The result was To Die a Dry Death. When she isn't slaving over a hot computer, Greta takes photos, cooks, and generally enjoys life near the beach in Queensland. To find out more about Greta and her books please visit her website at http: //
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