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Governor Bligh and The Short Man: A Novella

Governor Bligh and The Short Man: A Novella


Seventeen years after the mutiny on the Bounty, Governor-elect William Bligh sets sail for New South Wales accompanies by his daughter Mary, the narrator of this extraordinary shipboard tale...

A cultured young Englishwoman, Mary is a complete novice at sea, and entirely unprepared for life on the convoy that sets sail from Portsmouth in 1806. Most troubling of all is the bizarre quarrel between her father and the captain of the convoy, Joseph Short, a man whose sensitivities are almost a match for William Bligh's and whose temper brings the voyagers to the brink of catastrophe. Mary's witty journal invites us beyond the quarterdeck rivalries into the private world of the Blighs, and the tragedies and failings of a living legend embarking on his last great command. 

"Cochrane takes advantage of the closed and claustrophobic world of the voyage for full dramatic effect" - Weekend Australian

"His characterisation of Mary is perfect and full of drama." - Daily Telegraph

Peter Cochrane
Published: 2013
128 Pages
180mm x 110mm
ISBN: 9780143569633

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