Mrs Cook: The Real and Imagined Life of the Captain's Wife

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FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE BESTSELLING LAMBS OF GOD In the great sweep of history, of winds, tides and seasons, there is a story of courage and survival that belongs not to a great sea captain, but to his wife. While James Cook circumnavigated the globe, travelling further than any man had before, Elizabeth Cook travelled with him in her thoughts, imagining the exotic, the sensory and the strange. There were months, sometimes years, with no word. But as James sailed into the blue, earning his place in history, Elizabeth Cook made discoveries of her own. Though she rarely left London, she was propelled on a journey into the far reaches of the human heart, a journey marked by James' departures and those of her six children, whom she lost one by one. This is a rich portrayal of the life of a woman whose passion and intellect matched that of her celebrated husband. It is a lyrical exploration of imagined interior worlds, shaped by historical fact. It is, above all, a celebrration of love and endurance.

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Marele Day's four book Claudia Valentine series has become a minor classic in Australian crime writing, but her Lambs of God (1998) was even more highly acclaimed as an original and provocative literary work, published in the US by Riverhead and in the UK by Sceptre. Her latest work was a collection of short stories involving the elderly bingo-playing Mavis Levack. Marele lives on the New South Wales North Coast.

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"A true tribute to a remarkable unsung heroine. Day’s simple, plainspoken voice makes the story all the more powerful." -- Romantic Times Book Club

"Rich in historical detail." -- Library Journal

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