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Friday, October 30, 2015

Latest review for Island of the Lost

"I sent this book to a friend who was in jail. He thought it was a very good book"

One wonders whether it was sent in the hope that the reader would find clues about how to:
(a) escape
(b) survive in ghastly conditions
(c) get along with his fellow inmates
But it did get five stars! 


Stephen Bown said...

Hi Joan, I've read a couple of your books - I particularly loved Island of the Lost, but also Rough Medicine.I'm a Canadian historical author and I write sometimes about similar topics - Scurvy and the bio of Roald Amundsen, The Last Viking. My latest book is White Eskimo: Knud Rasmussen's Fearless Journey into the Heart of the Arctic, about the famous Danish ethnographer and explorer.

Right now I'm starting a book titled Island of the Blue Foxes: Disaster and Triumph on the World's Greatest Scientific Expedition, about the disastrous Second Kamchatka Expedition headed by Vitus Bering (with Georg Steller as the naturalist). The shipwreck and survival on the desolate and uncharted Bering Island is the heart of the story and I'm studying your wonderful book Island of the Lost to gain insight into how to make a disaster and shipwreck story come alive.


Stephen R. Bown

Joan Druett said...

Thank you for your kind comments, Stephen. It is very satisfying to get praise from such a substantial and well-known writer of history. Your book about scurvy had a special interest to me, as I totally agreed with your observation that Captain Cook had instances of scurvy on board that he left off the record. Tupaia's death was certainly at least partly due to his weakened state after months of being afflicted with the awful disease, as I discuss in my biography. Good luck with your new book, and I look forward to reading it.