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The Last Bookaneer

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    Matthew Pearl(Author)

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On the island of Samoa, in a house perched on a cliff beneath a smouldering volcano, a dying Robert Louis Stevenson labours over a new novel. It is rumoured that this may be the author of Treasure Island’s greatest masterpiece.

On the other side of the world this news fires the imaginations of the bookaneers, literary pirates who steal the latest manuscripts by famous writers to smuggle them to a hungry public. But a changing world means the bookaneers will soon become extinct.

Two adversaries set out for the south Pacific: Pen Davenport, a tortured criminal genius haunted by his past and Belial, his nemesis. Both dream of fortune and immortality with this last and most incredible heist.

The Last Bookaneer thrillingly depicts the lost world of these doomed outlaws, a tropical island with a violent destiny, a brewing colonial war and a reclusive genius directing events from high in his mountain compound.

"An ingenious thriller" (Sunday Times)"Masterly story-telling" (Daily Mail)"A mixture of a classic heist and literary history lesson; the whole Victorian world of letters is cleverly and wittily reimagined" (Kate Saunders The Times)"A historical jigsaw puzzle of literary larceny, deception, and derring-do…richly imagined" (Boston Globe)"[Pearl’s] clever final twist will surprise the general reader, and please Stevenson scholars" (Janette Currie Independent on Sunday)

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  • PDF | 400 pages
  • Matthew Pearl(Author)
  • Harvill Secker (14 May 2015)
  • English
  • 7
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy

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  • By K. Steele on 14 June 2017

    A disappointing read.

  • By lady blue on 20 April 2016

    1890 - Bookaneers trying to steal manuscripts before international copyright laws are put in place. This concept was fascinating and I expected to be enthralled. Perhaps I expected too much.The main character Fergins, a lowly book seller, narrates his ‘adventure’ with renowned/infamous bookaneer Pen Davenport as they travel to Samoa to steal R.L. Stevenson’s latest manuscript.I can’t fault the writing, or the characters, but the narrative meanders at such a slow place I gave up at page 173. The book is 386 pages and I simply lost interest and could not continue.

  • By forlang on 20 June 2015

    I liked the premise of this book, about 'bookaneers', or literary 'pirates', and the quest to obtain the last work of Robert Louis Stevenson who is in self-imposed exile in Samoa during his last days. However, I found it somewhat hard going, with unlikable characters who are basically just thieves, and the plot a little rambling. I'm afraid I couldn't finish it.Review of a preview digital copy from the publisher.

  • By Kevin G. Conroy on 5 August 2015

    I have read all of Matthew Pearls previous books and enjoyed them all to varying degrees. His debut Dante Club is still the most interesting. This is the first one I haven't been able to finish. Got to about 150 pages in and just couldn't care anymore. Nothing seems to happen at all. Very disappointing as I was exciting by the premise.

  • By Carole Blake on 6 September 2016

    I bought this because I enjoy books about books and wasn't disappointed. Shall read more by him.

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