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In 1768 Captain James Cook and his crew set out on a small British naval vessel in search of a missing continent. 

2020 marks the 250th anniversary of that voyage, and Cook's 'discovery' of Australia. Captain Cook's Epic Voyage reveals the hardships and adventure of this remarkable quest, and the euphoria of discovering new lands. 

Drawing from his previous book, Sea of Dangers, in Captain Cook's Epic Voyage Professor Geoffrey Blainey takes readers once again on a vivid journey through history, challenging accepted views and the intersection of myth, science and exploration.

©2020 Geoffrey Blainey (P)2020 Penguin Random House Australia

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Captivating!

Incredibly well researched and written and equally well read. From the moment I started I couldn’t stop. I feel as though my knowledge and understanding of Cook, the Endeavour and the European discovery of Australia has grown exponentially since listening to and reading this. I couldn’t recommend it anymore highly to those eager to learn about an amazing piece of world history.

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Cook’s legendary voyage of discovery to Australia and NZ - a must read

The epic story of the legendary Captain James Cook’s voyage of adventure and discovery to Australia and NZ. An incredible achievement by Australia’s greatest historian Professor Blainey to bring this epic tale to life in richness, context and detail. A must read for all Australians and New Zealanders to understand where our national stories began, and the ‘sliding door’ moments on which the fate of nations hang in the balance. Absolute must read. A national tragedy that this powerful and very well narrates book isn’t mandatory reading in every high school.

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An Epic voyage during lockdown

A great and epic voyage of exploration enjoyed whilst we are unable to travel. Having visited and lived in many parts of NZ and Australia and sailed on NZ and Queensland’s coastline This books insights brought the voyage to life. Having crewed a yacht at night, would I have seen the reef off Cape Trib? Unlikely. I was always challenged to understand how they could have made such a journey of discovery. I found this book explained easily how the Captain and crew overcame so many challenges. This book is worth journey.

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Excellent

I was lost in another world. Well written and interesting. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It’ll sit with me for a long time. Thankyou Mr Blainey

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  • 16-04-2020

Transport yourself to the Pacific of the 1700s...

This was a wonderful book about Captain Cook's first voyage into the Pacific Ocean (during which he mapped New Zealand and the East Coast of Australia). Over the years I've read several books on Cook - including his journals - and I did wonder if I had the appetite for more. However this book was a real joy - I loved the narration once I had settled into the first few minutes and the story itself is told with great skill. There is an ideal mix between descriptions of the journey and its discoveries, and explanations of the wider context (what had come before in terms of earlier explorers; the rival French expedition that almost overlapped with Cook in New Zealand; the politics and ideas of the time; the search for a "Great South Land"). I am sure you won't be disappointed in coming along on this trip...

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