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Selkirk's Island: The True and Strange Adventures of the Real Robinson Crusoe

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A fascinating account of piracy, betrayal, and raw survival on the high seas and dry land, Selkirk's Island rediscovers the amazing tale of an eighteenth-century legend. Born a poor Scotsman, Alexander Selkirk signed with William Dampier, a pirate who was as famous for his self-promotion as for his naval success, on an ill-fated quest to pillage the famous Manila galleon. After a series of scuffles with the captain, Selkirk was put ashore on an island three hundred miles west of South America. Alone and with little more than the clothes on his back, Selkirk spent four long years learning to survive.

Drawing on Selkirk's own testimony, that of his rescuers and fellow crewmen, and petitions from two women who each claimed to be his wife, celebrated biographer Diana Souhami uncovers the truth behind the strangeness and wonder of a forgotten man and his unforgettable experience.

About the Author

Diana Souhami is the author of many acclaimed books including The Trials of Radclyffe Hall (short-listed for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Biography and winner of the Lambda Literary Award), Gertrude and Alice, Gluck 1895-1978: Her Biography, Greta and Cecil, and the bestselling Mrs. Keppel and Her Daughter. She lives in London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780156027175
Subtitle:
The True and Strange Adventures of the Real Robinson Crusoe
Author:
Souhami, Diana
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Discovery and exploration
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Survival after airplane accidents, shipwrecks
Subject:
Australia/Oceania - South Pacific
Subject:
Oceania
Subject:
Selkirk, Alexander
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
Australia & New Zealand - General
Subject:
Expeditions & Discoveries
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20021111
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Four maps; black-and-white line art
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in

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