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HELL AND PARADISE: THE NORFOLK * BOUNTY * PITCAIRN SAGA

By Peter Clarke

Published by Viking 1986

Large format hardback with protective dust jacket, 189 pages. colour and black and white photos and illustrations throughout. End papers

Very good condition – inscription inside cover

On two specks in the vast Pacific Ocean, Norfolk and Pitcairn Islands, live the descendants of the most infamous mutineers in the annals of the sea. These people - the Christians, the Quintals, the McCoys, the Adamses, the Evanses - still speak their own language, a bizarre mixture of eighteenth century North Country English and eighteenth century Tahitian.

The hub of Pitcairn is the town square in which is preserved die anchor salvaged from H.M.S. Bounty The hub of Norfolk is a complex of superbly-preserved, convict-built structures- reminders of the most ghastly penal settlement in the history of the British Empire.

These two islands share a legacy of Hell on a scale unique in history interspersed with spells of Paradise which few mortals have experienced.

This book will have tremendous fascination to Australians as it explores the very fabric of their heritage,

But its appeal is universal, as its story ranges from Captain Cook - probably the greatest navigator the world has known, to eighteenth century Tahiti - a sensual utopia that captured the world’s imagination, to Norfolk Island - the world’s most abominable penal colony, to the lsle of Man - where Fletcher Christian’s forebears dominated the world’s oldest parliament for five hundred years, to H.M.S. Bounty - on which was enacted the world’s most famous mutiny and on to life today on Pitcairn and Norfolk Islands – tiny communities of which the world is scarcely aware.
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