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Mutiny on the Bounty - Peter FitzSimons

Hardcover Published: 30th October 2018
ISBN: 9780733634116
Number Of Pages: 656

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The mutiny on HMS Bounty, in the South Pacific on 28 April 1789, is one of history's truly great stories - a tale of human drama, intrigue and adventure of the highest order - and in the hands of Peter FitzSimons it comes to life as never before.

Commissioned by the Royal Navy to collect breadfruit plants from Tahiti and take them to the West Indies, the Bounty's crew found themselves in a tropical paradise. Five months later, they did not want to leave. Under the leadership of Fletcher Christian most of the crew mutinied soon after sailing from Tahiti, setting Captain William Bligh and 18 loyal crewmen adrift in a small open boat. In one of history's great feats of seamanship, Bligh navigated this tiny vessel for 3618 nautical miles to Timor. Fletcher Christian and the mutineers sailed back to Tahiti, where most remained and were later tried for mutiny. But Christian, along with eight fellow mutineers and some Tahitian men and women, sailed off into the unknown, eventually discovering the isolated Pitcairn Island - at the time not even marked on British maps - and settling there. This astonishing story is historical adventure at its very best, encompassing the mutiny, Bligh's monumental achievement in navigating to safety, and Fletcher Christian and the mutineers' own epic journey from the sensual paradise of Tahiti to the outpost of Pitcairn Island.

The mutineers' descendants live on Pitcairn to this day, amid swirling stories and rumours of past sexual transgressions and present-day repercussions.

Mutiny on the Bounty is a sprawling, dramatic tale of intrigue, bravery and sheer boldness, told with the accuracy of historical detail and total command of story that are Peter FitzSimons' trademarks.



What a great read ! Peter involves the reader from the get-go, to the point where everything else "goes by the board". I hated putting it down when it was a case of "needs must" but it was always a thrill to get back to it. Beautifully researched (as are all his books) with his trademark attribute being a consummate storyteller. I particularly loved his theories at the conclusion of the book - really "food for thought" moments. Keep them coming, Peter. "Batavia" is a masterpiece and it has a twin in this "Bounty" epic.

uralla nsw




I'm generally a fiction-only reader as I have a short attention span, but LOVE how this is written and was completely transported. Informative without being odiously descriptive. Compelling narrative.



Bought most of Peters books


Found Burke & Wills a bit depressing. How could such incompetants be supported in this way.

Bensville, NSW


A bloody ripper.


Stands aside Peter's "Batavia". Things we never ever learned at school. Took me four days to read. I'll have to go back & read it again.

Seven Hills Sydney


Peter Fitzsimons' books are always worth getting


I've bought this one for my husband for Christmas, so he'll have to wait to read it. However, we've bought quite a few of Peter Fitzsimons' books in the past and they are excellent, well researched and well written. This one promises to be a good read as well, will look forward to getting my hands on it afterwards.



History comes alive


Peter Fitzsiomons is one of my favourite authors for bringing history to life. His attention to details through his researchers is outstanding. He is able to hold the readers attention throughout the book. History is not a boring list of facts it is made by real people, in real situations, that leave a lasting impact on survivors, society and the world. Fitzsimons captures this and causes you to reflect on the decisions made, their influence and their relevance to your own life.

Adelaide, South Australia


Great read!


Although very well versed in the topic and the story, I found the book enthralling. It is equal to if not better than Peter's masterpiece, 'Batavia' and certainly equal to the WW1 Trilogy plus one (Monash) Peter added just enough to bring the characters alive and in the moment. This is done remarkably well. He also dispelled the roumours that Sir John Barrow would have us believe. I thought the book would take me through to Christmas, but...three days saw it done and dusted and on the shelf next to all his others. I look forward to his next book on Macarthur!

Conder, ACT


Best version of Mutiny on the Bounty I've come across


I'm three-quarters of the way through and can't wait to pick it up again tonight.

Collaroy Plateau NSW


Highly recommended, especially for history buffs.


Having read more than a dozen books on the mutiny on the Bounty, this one is the pinnacle. Peter Fitzsimons has written the definitive book on the Mutiny on the Bounty. This book is meticulously researched & beautifully written, in a style that all readers can relate to. There are incidents in this book that Peter has discovered, that I have never read elsewhere. This is a rip - roaring tale from one of today's best authors.



Great information souce


This has information I did not learn in school

Taree, NSW, Australia



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ISBN: 9780733634116
ISBN-10: 0733634117
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 656
Published: 30th October 2018
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Country of Publication: Australia
Dimensions (cm): 24.5 x 16.1  x 5.5
Weight (kg): 1.0
Edition Number: 1

Peter FitzSimons

About the Author

Peter FitzSimons is one of Australia's most prominent and successful media and publishing identities.

His busy professional life involves writing weekly columns for the Sydney Morning Herald and Sun Herald newspapers, appearing on Foxtel's The Back Page television show and, when time permits, authoring best-selling books. A correspondent for London's Daily Telegraph as well, he is also in high demand as a guest speaker and presenter.

For the past two decades, the much-traveled former Wallaby rugby international, who masters four languages, has interviewed some of the world's most famous figures, including former US President George Bush, Mother Theresa and football great Diego Maradona.

Writing is his passion. He is the biographer of World Cup winning Wallaby captains Nick Farr-Jones and John Eales, former Federal Opposition Leader Kim Beazley, war heroine Nancy Wake, former Australian Test cricket captain Steve Waugh and magazine queen Nene King.

In 2001 he was Australia's biggest selling non-fiction author with just under 250,000 sales. He duplicated that feat in 2004 with his book on Kokoda and had similar success in 2006 with his book on Tobruk.

Born on a farm in NSW's Central Coast, Peter FitzSimons attended Knox Grammar School in Sydney before accepting an American Field Service Scholarship to live in Ohio for a year. He returned to complete an arts degree at Sydney University, majoring in government and political science.

A second-rower, he won Wallaby selection in 1984, later moving to France and Italy where he played rugby for the next five years. On his return to Australia he again played for the Wallabies going on to play seven Test matches.

He launched his journalistic career with the Sydney Morning Herald in 1989. Two years later he released two best-selling books, Basking in Beirut and Little Theories of Life and signed a contract with the Nine Network that resulted in him presenting current affairs and sports programs for the next four years. His association with Foxtel commenced in 1995 and continues to this day.

Considered one of the ten most popular after-dinner speakers in Australia, Peter FitzSimons is married to Nine Network personality Lisa Wilkinson and they have three children.

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