Paper $19.95 ISBN: 9780874517446 Published March 1995 For sale in North and South America only

Boon Island

Including Contemporary Accounts of the Wreck of the *Nottingham Galley*

Kenneth Roberts

Boon Island

Kenneth Roberts

Distributed for University Press of New England

385 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 1995
Paper $19.95 ISBN: 9780874517446 Published March 1995 For sale in North and South America only
This classic tale of shipwreck and survival is reprinted in a new edition, with essays that provide a historical perspective and trace the sources from which Kenneth Roberts (1885-1957) drew his tale. A native Mainer, Roberts, whose historical novels include Northwest Passage and Arundel, was intrigued by the story of the December 1710 wreck of the Nottingham. After running aground a dozen miles offshore, the ship broke up, stranding her crew with minimal tools, scant shelter, and a few pieces of cheese. The men survived nearly a month of screeching gales, sub-freezing temperatures, and driving snowstorms. During their ordeal they resorted to cannibalism and were finally rescued after one of them made it ashore on a crude raft. Included here are contemporary accounts from crew members, offering dramatically different versions of the true-life traumatic event and a fascinating counterpoint to Roberts’ fictionalized version. A bestseller when published in 1956, Boon Island is a story of the ways that crisis can inspire the best--and worst--in human nature.
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