The compelling story of the life and times of Matthew Flinders, one of Australia's and history s - greatest explorers. From the author of 'Discovery'.
'In Estensen, Flinders has at last found his Boswell.' Paul Brunton, The Weekend Australian
Estensen's book is a work of painstaking scholarship, worn lightly it will be an enduring contribution to Australian history.' Gillian Dooley, Australian Book Review
Estensen gives us the ups and downs of the man in the commander's jacket. She has taken an 18th century mariner and made a 21st century man of him.' Martin Terry, Sydney Morning Herald
In 1790, a stubborn sixteen-year-old defied his father and went to sea. Here began the remarkable career of Matthew Flinders R.N., a career that ended in his fortieth year just days after the publication of A Voyage to Terra Australis, his life's work detailing his epic voyage of circumnavigation of the Great South Land.
The Life of Matthew Flinders is a story of persistence and audacious risk-taking, driving ambition and frustration, obstinate determination and doubt. It is a richly detailed account of tragedy and short-lived triumph, of exile on an enemy island, of love thwarted and a painful early death. It is also the story of a man who became one of the great navigators of the nineteenth century, an adventurer who left an indelible mark on a continent and a nation.
Miriam Estensen has researched Flinders' life in England, Australia and Mauritius. In doing so, she has broken new ground: she is able to create a well- rounded picture of the man as he was seen by his companions, friends and enemies, full of vivid descriptions of his times and the events he was a part of. She is the author of Discovery. Miriam Estensen lives with her husband, a retired sea captain, on Australia's Gold Coast. She divides her time between researching the life of George Bass, Matthew Flinders' close friend and fellow adventurer, and investigating a new theory of the origins of the Viking outbreak. Her Discovery: The Quest for the Great South Land was published in Sydney and New York to critical acclaim.
Biography & Autobiography
Allen & Unwin
Allen & Unwin
Paperback - C format