With his signature approach to literary sleuthing, Tim Severin retraces the footsteps of castaways and pirates to discover the inspiration behind Daniel Defoe's brilliant creation, Robinson Crusoe. . Insightful travel writing, riveting narrative history, and clever scholarly discoveries make this a remarkably rich and varied book. Tim Severin has once again demonstrated a superb ability to bring together literature and adventure in an engrossing narrative.
"It's hard to say which is more interesting--the history Severin so capably writes or his own adventures in the odd, forlorn places his research takes him to. He knows how to blend his ingredients to generate the kind of heat a reader wants from a book." "Blending travel narrative, maritime history, and a literary mystery, [Severin] pores over the exploits of eighteenth-century pirates, deftly pieces together clues...and has a few adventures of his own. A fascinating read."