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James Cook's New World

(The second book in the Captain James Cook series)
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"Lay takes the reader on a new voyage of discovery alongside the great navigator, providing a fascinating re-assessment of the remarkable James Cook and his relationships with his colleagues and his wife." Scoop

"Lay has written a superb series of novels, which get under the skin of the protagonist and puts us aboard ship during his mesmerising voyages. Fans of Maturin and Aubrey will enjoy the relationship between Cook and Joseph Banks... The author deserves praise for the scale of his research and scope of his narrative." Richard Foreman


James Cook, recently returned from his first, epic world voyage, is promoted to captain and instructed to embark on a search for the last undiscovered landmass, the Great Unknown Southern Continent. It proves to be one of the longest and most perilous voyages ever undertaken.

Like an 18th-century Ulysses, Cook drives himself and his men onward, traversing the entire South Pacific, putting into place the last pieces of Earth's great jigsaw puzzle.

And though it marks a personal triumph for Cook, his prolonged absence from his wife Elizabeth and their surviving children is marked by domestic tragedy and heartbreak.

Cook must keep his mind on his voyage however. HMS Resolution and her consort HMS Adventure are sailing south. Icebergs surround them. Freezing fogs limits visibility. Can both ships endure, without suffering tragedy?

In this thrilling sequel to The Secret Life of James Cook the biggest question of all is: where does duty to King and Country end, and loyalty to wife and family begin?

James Cook's New World is the second book in the acclaimed trilogy, which also features The Secret Life of James Cook and James Cook's Lost World.

Graeme Lay has written novels for adults and young adults, collections of short stories, as well as collections of short stories and books of travel writing. Many of his books are set in the islands of the South Pacific, a region through which he has travelled extensively. He writes full-time from his home in the marine suburb of Devonport in Auckland, New Zealand.

Praise for the James Cook series:

'Graeme Lay ... is well placed to attempt what no one has ever managed to achieve, by telling us not just what Cook did, but what he was like.' North & South

'A wonderful read. I enjoyed it enormously.' Graham Beattie, Radio New Zealand

Genre: Thriller

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