In Bligh, Rob goes back to sea – this time it’s the eighteenth century, the era when brave mariners took their ships beyond the horizon in search of an unknown world. Those chosen to lead these expeditions were exceptional navigators, men who had shown brilliance as they ascended the ranks in the Royal Navy. They were also bloody good sailors.
There’s a lot more to the story of the infamous Captain Bligh than mutiny, rum and convicts – it is also the untold story of one of our greatest sailors. Bestselling author Rob Mundle’s very modern biography puts you at the heart of a great nautical life: a story that embraces the romance of the sea and the adventure that comes with exploration under sail.
Rob’s Bligh will literally put you on the beach with him as he witnesses the death of his Captain and mentor Cook; and in a longboat with nineteen men, cast adrift in the middle of the Pacific Ocean by Fletcher Christian, as he navigates almost 6000 kilometres (3700 miles) across the Pacific, in his epic 47-day voyage to Timor — that remains to this day a staggering feat of precision navigation and survival.
Rob Mundle’s Bligh is all about bravery and brilliance, endurance and ingenuity, adventure and integrity.
‘Vivid, absorbing’ The Australian
‘William Bligh is done great and overdue justice in Bligh: Master Mariner, as much a work of historic restoration as a literary voyage of discovery’ Gold Coast Bulletin
‘[Rob Mundle] has an attractive, Patrick O’Brian-like sense of high adventure on the high seas … a meticulously researched biography that benefits from its author’s seafaring experience and ability to write with bracing vitality of the trials faced during the age of exploration’ The Age