Captain Cook's Apprentice, by Anthony Hill, illustrated with one colour section and many black and white photographs and period engravings. Published by Penguin Books, Melbourne, September 2008, reprinted November 2008, 266 pages.
Captain Cook Memorial, Point Venus, Tahiti
The boy knew danger was coming. He could hear it ... He could feel it ... And then he could see it ...
'Hill's marvellous recreation ... is a pleasure to read' Peter Fuller
WINNER of the 2009 NSW Premier's Young People's History Prize
... A compelling adventure rich in historical detail ... an exciting, page-turning novel that breathes new life into ... Cook's journeys. This wonderful book...' Judges' Citation. Full report in Newsletter.
Captain Cook's Apprentice is the story of the famous Endeavour voyage as seen through the eyes of a ship's boy, Isaac Manley.
Death in the snows of Tierra del Fuego ... first love in Tahiti ... Maori warriors and cannibals in New Zealand ... Botany Bay ... near-disaster on the Great Barrier Reef ... and real tragedy waiting for them in Java. Isaac Manley saw it all. A real boy, who was promoted Midshipman by Captain Cook, Isaac Manley went on to become an Admiral and was the last survivor of the Endeavour crew.
Captain Cook's Apprentice was published by Penguin Books in September 2008, and went into reprint within two months. It has been widely praised by critics.
Historical fiction is easy to promote when it is so well written, involving and full of adventure... I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Fran Knight, Viewpoint magazine.