James Cook’s New World
by Graeme Lay, HarperCollins, $37
Graeme Lay’s second novel about Captain James Cook takes readers on Cook’s perilous voyage from Polynesia in search of the Great Unknown Southern Continent. Excerpts from Cook’s published journals are combined with pacy narrative and an imagined journal Cook kept for his wife Elizabeth. The result brings emotion to an iconic historical figure, and the expedition to armchair explorers.