James Cook’s New World

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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.

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