A High Wind in Jamaica
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A High Wind in Jamaica

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Set in the last century against a tropical landscape and the ever-present sea, A High Wind in Jamaica tells the story of a family of English children who, on being sent by their parents back to England from Jamaica, fall into the hands of pirates. As this voyage of innocence continues, the events which unfold begin to take on a savagely detached and haunting quality.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 14mm | 140.62g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099437430
  • 9780099437437
  • 63,336

Review quote

Set in the last century against a tropical landscape and the ever-present sea, A High Wind in Jamaica tells the story of a family of English children who, on being sent by their parents back to England from Jamaica, fall into the hands of pirates. As this voyage of innocence continues, the events which unfold begin to take on a savagely detached and haunting quality.show more

About Richard Hughes

Richard Hughes was born in 1900 and educated at Charterhouse School and Oriel College, Oxford. A highly original and idiosyncratic writer, he wrote poems and plays as well as novels, but it is for these that he is best remembered, the most famous of which was his first, A High Wind in Jamaica, published in 1929. A remarkable man, he could number Masefield, Yeats, T.E. Lawrence, Robert Graves, Augustus John and Dylan Thomas amongst his friends and acquaintances. Married to the painter Frances Bazley in 1932, he died in 1976.show more

Back cover copy

âWhat starts as merely masterful storytelling becomes something dreamlike and haunting; it's not a book you easily forgetâ Independent on Sunday On the high seas of the Caribbean, a family of English children is set loose â sent by their parents from their home in Jamaica to receive the civilising effects of England. When their ship is captured by pirates, the thrilling cruise continues as the children transfer their affections from one batch of sailors to another. Innocence is their protection, but as life in the care of pirates reveals its dangers, the events which unfold begin to take on a savagely detached quality. See also: Treasure Islandshow more

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"A fascinating study in child psychology"show more

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6,496 ratings
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3 25% (1,648)
2 8% (500)
1 3% (185)
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