Like Sir Francis Drake and Lord Horatio Nelson in Kevin Jackson’s acclaimed maritime history series, Captain James Cook was also born of humble means. The son of a Scottish farm labourer and a mother from Yorkshire, Cook joined the British merchant navy as a teenager, and would go on from his humble beginnings to become an explorer, master navigator, cartographer and one of the most celebrated naval Captains in British history.
Cook’s Endeavour is Jackson’s masterful chronicle of Captain Cook’s first Pacific Ocean voyage; a landmark journey which resulted in the mapping of largely uncharted areas of New Zealand and Australia, first encounters with aboriginal tribes and leaps and bounds in botanical discovery. Aboard the Endeavour, Cook mapped a whole new world.
But Cook’s historic journey was not without tribulation, or without challenge – the famed botanist Joseph Banks, Cook’s contemporary and natural science expert on the Endeavour, was everything Cook was not; dapper, aristocratic, awarded with instantaneous fame for his discoveries in the aptly named Botany Bay.
Cook’s Endeavour is the thrilling and inspiring story of a boy, lured in his youth to the sea, who became a man forever synonymous with discovery, legacy and adventure.
“Kevin Jackson’s thrilling sea stories, told with verve, wit and dash, make the most gripping reading. Here are the men, women, ships and adventures which made so much of the modern world, and Britain’s place within it. Sir Francis Drake and Charles Darwin are lucky to have found such an erudite and elegant scribe as Kevin Jackson.” Horatio Clare