The Wager

by David Grann

£10.99

History

Paperback

9781471183706

Published by Simon & Schuster Ltd

Published January 2024

On 28th January 1742, a ramshackle vessel of patched-together wood and cloth washed up on the coast of Brazil. Inside were thirty emaciated men, barely alive, and they had an extraordinary tale to tell. They were survivors of His Majesty’s ship The Wager, a British vessel that had left England in 1740 on a secret mission during an imperial war with Spain. While chasing a Spanish treasure-filled galleon, The Wager was wrecked on a desolate island off the coast of Patagonia. The crew, marooned for months and facing starvation, built the flimsy craft and sailed for more than a hundred days, traversing 2,500 miles of storm-wracked seas. They were greeted as heroes.

Then, six months later, another, even more decrepit, craft landed on the coast of Chile. This boat contained just three castaways and they had a very different story to tell. The thirty sailors who landed in Brazil were not heroes – they were mutineers. The first group responded with counter-charges of their own, of a tyrannical and murderous captain and his henchmen. While stranded on the island the crew had fallen into anarchy, with warring factions fighting for dominion over the barren wilderness. As accusations of treachery and murder flew, the Admiralty convened a court martial to determine who was telling the truth. The stakes were life-and-death-for whomever the court found guilty could hang.

Foreign Bodies by Simon Schama | 9781471169922

Foreign Bodies

Simon Schama

£12.99

A Brief History of the Countryside in 100 Objects by Sally Coulthard | 9780008559427

A Brief History of the Countryside in 100 Objects

Sally Coulthard

£22.00

One Fine Day by Ian Marchant | 9781914613555

One Fine Day

Ian Marchant

£12.99

Medieval Horizons by Ian Mortimer | 9781529920802

Medieval Horizons

Ian Mortimer

£10.99

Missing Persons, Or My Grandmother’s Secrets by Clair Wills | 9780241640951

Missing Persons, Or My Grandmother’s Secrets

Clair Wills

£20.00

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World by Bettany Hughes | 9781474610322

The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

Bettany Hughes

£25.00