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Pickpocket John Jacob Turnstile is on his way to be detained at His Majesty's Pleasure when he is offered a lifeline, what seems like a freedom of sorts - the job of personal valet to a departing naval captain. Little does he realise that it is anything but - and by accepting the devil's bargain he will put his life in perilous danger. For the ship is HMS Bounty, his new captain William Bligh and their destination Tahiti.

From the moment the ship leaves port, Turnstile's life is turned upside down, for not only must he put his own demons to rest, but he must also confront the many adversaries he will encounter on the Bounty's extraordinary last voyage. Walking a dangerous line between an unhappy crew and a captain he comes to admire, he finds himself in a no-man's land where the distinction between friend and foe is increasingly difficult to determine....

©2020 John Boyne (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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A popular story retold brilliantly and originally.

At first look this is retelling of a familiar story. Bligh’s reputation has been reassessed more positively in recent years but the book doesn’t settle for easy comparison between him and Fletcher Christian, instead focussing on the fictional servant of Cpt Bligh. It’s an engaging and fascinating story and In Boyne’s hands even the scenes set adrift in a boat is full of beautifully observed moments. A joy.

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Utterly absorbing

Piers Hampton - my new absolute favourite narrator, this was an absolutely fantastic adaptation of mutiny on the bounty was enhanced even further still by such fantastic narration by Piers Hampton. I’m gutted it’s finished & fully intend to listen again.

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Loved every minute of it

What a beautiful version of this story! And in a true style of Mr. Boyne… loved every minute of it

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Bligh of The Bounty

As my name is Andrew Bligh, I have always had an interest in the story of Mutiny on the Bounty, I even owned a small boat that I named Bounty. I don’t know how much of John Boyne’s novel is based on fact but I now feel that I have a much greater understanding of the mutiny. A beautifully written book and wonderfully read, thank you.

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Excellent!

Another great book by John Boyne, I have read several and have not been disappointed. As a novelist he is Up there with the best I have read.

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Very nice to read from a different perspective

All ways thought Bligh was the baddie but this puts a different spin on the story well worth a listen!

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Enjoyable.

The story drags in parts. Not John Boyne's best work . The reader was excellent .

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Loved the story and narration

Great tale of a sea voyage and the hardship faced by the crew. Enjoyed the story, the writing and narration. .

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One of the very best

Absolutely loved this book and performance. Engaging, compelling, and humorous, I couldn't help but listen to it whenever I had the opportunity. John Boyne should be extremely proud of himself!

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absolutely loved it

John Boyne's telling of a story is second to none. Brilliant narration. I saw the film years ago and was fascinated to hear the book which tells the story from another perspective.