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Serpent in Paradise

Birkett, Dea

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ISBN 10: 0330343440 / ISBN 13: 9780330343442
Published by Picador, London, Eng., 2001
Condition: Near Fine Soft cover
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Copy has slight toning else fine, clear, strong and flexible dj has slight rubbing. Signed by the author on title page. Lost in the surf of the South Pacific, lies a speck of volcanic rock, Pitcairn, home to thirty eight islanders, the descendants of the Bounty mutineers. After two years' persistence and a four thousand mile sea voyage, Dea Birkett realized her dream of reaching this uttermost end of the Earth. Yet behind the idyll lay huge dangers, and she soon found herself caught up in a web of intrigue, decades old disputes and thwarted desires. This is a lovely book, fresh with candor and humor. Maps and a complete list of The Complement of the HMAV Bounty and their fates following the Mutiny. xx/299pp. Desirable!. Bookseller Inventory # 002455

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Title: Serpent in Paradise

Publisher: Picador, London, Eng.

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition, 1st Printing

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Lost in the surf of the South Pacific lies a speck of volcanic rock. Home to thirty-eight islanders--descendants of the Bounty mutineers--Pitcairn has no cars, no crime, no doctor, and no regular contact with the outside world. For two centuries, "Fletcher Christian's children," whose culture and language are a bizarre blend of Polynesian and eighteenth-century English, have lived out a unique social experiment.

Acclaimed British travel writer and journalist Dea Birkett, obsessed like many with the island's image as a secluded Eden and its connection to the mysterious and intriguing Bounty legend, traveled across the Pacific on a cargo ship and became one of the very few outsiders permitted to land on Pitcairn. Although the islanders initially seemed welcoming, they soon wove her into a web of decades-old disputes and thwarted desires. With no means of escape, Birkett's adventure to the other side of nowhere at last became a kind of prison.


Most people know the story of the Mutiny on the Bounty, how in 1789 Captain Bligh's crew mutinied then founded their paradise on Pitcairn Island. Two centuries later, the mutineers' descendants still live on Pitcairn with no cars, doctors, crime, or regular contact with the outside world, despite the hordes of paradise-seekers who deluge the island with requests, most of which are refused. After two years' persistence and 4,000 miles aboard a chemical tanker, Dea Birkett finally made her way to Pitcairn, but the island paradise has a dark legacy. Birkett's account is a fascinating look at a tight community with a notorious past and a shady present.

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