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From the acclaimed author of The Winter Family, a swash-buckling adventure from piracy’s Golden Age and a deft political allegory for our troubled times. Treasure Island meets Lord of the Flies.
In 1721, when the most notorious pirates are either dead or on the run, Jimmy Kavanagh, who sailed with Blackbeard, decides to pull together a “Company of Gentleman of Fortune” for one last “Adventuring Cruise” that will set them all up for life. All begins well: the pirates sail across the Atlantic and sack Cape Coast Castle, looting it of chests of gold ill-gotten from the slave trade. But before Kavanagh can lead them on, he sickens, unleashing a drastic series of power struggles among the company. As further victories transform them from the hunters to the hunted, the pirates descend into mutiny, show trials, assassination and tyranny as they flee from their pursuers and struggle against the seas.
Full of epic sea battles and storms, peopled with characters worthy of Mutiny on the Bounty, Jackman’s pirate voyage is also an object lesson in how political systems degrade as the pirates, who set out as a band of brothers, are powerless to prevent the erosion of the norms and values that hold their Company together. Where they end will shock you. But given our own times, it might not surprise you.
PIRATES!: The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and the recent hit series Black Sails demonstrate the enduring appeal of pirate stories from the fabled Golden Age of Piracy. Jackman delivers all the thrills, along with something much deeper.
POLITICS ON SHIPBOARD: Most pirate companies were democracies protected by a set of articles meant to guarantee good behaviour among thieves. What happens when people decide to disregard or bend the law to serve their own ends? Jackman delivers a thrilling, chilling answer.
WORDSMITHING OF A HIGH ORDER: Jackman’s debut was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction and longlisted for the Giller. The New York Times Book Review called it “mesmerizing”; the Globe and Mail called it “as fascinating as any other complicated deadly thing.”
URGENT: All of us are looking to weather our current political waters, where the institutions and laws that protect us are being undermined on all sides. Jackman’s fiction provides us with a deliciously detailed and timely lens.
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“The Braver Thing delivers enough lively incident to satisfy the most jaded appetite for skulduggery on the high seas.” —The Stratford Beacon Herald
“Swashbuckling adventure ahoy! Treasure Island meets Lord of the Flies in this seafaring story of pirates, plundered loot and mutiny that is both a high-stakes story of piracy’s golden age and a political allegory for our times.” —The Globe and Mail
“Five years after his acclaimed debut, The Winter Family—the Giller Prize-listed and Governor General Literary Award finalist is back with another bloody adventure of historical fiction that rings true to his masterful meditation on human nature, fractured societies and crumbling leadership.” —Guelph Today