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Full of misadventure and mystery, Men Without Country is a sweeping history of exploration and rebellion in the South Seas - told by a direct descendant of Fletcher Christian, the man who led the infamous mutiny on the Bounty.

A mission to collect breadfruit from Tahiti becomes the most famous mutiny in history when the crew rise up against Captain William Bligh, with accusations of food restrictions and unfair punishments.

Bligh’s remarkable journey back to safety is well documented, but the fates of the mutinous men remain shrouded in mystery. Some settled in Tahiti only to face capture and court martial, others sailed on to form a secret colony on Pitcairn Island, the most remote inhabited island on Earth, avoiding detection for 20 years. When an American captain stumbled across the island in 1808, only one of the Bounty mutineers was left alive.

Told by a direct descendant of Fletcher Christian, Men Without Country details the journey of the Bounty and the lives of the men aboard. Lives dominated by a punishing regime of hard work and scarce rations, and deeply divided by the hierarchy of class. It is a tale of adventure and exploration punctuated by moments of extreme violence - towards each other and the people of the South Pacific.

For the first time, Christian provides a comprehensive and compelling account of the whole story - from the history of trade and exploration in the South Seas to Pitcairn Island, which provided the mutineers’ salvation, and then became their grave.

©2021 Harrison Christian (P)2021 W F Howes

Critic Reviews

"Men Without Country shows what a writer can produce when he has real skin in the game.... Harrison Christian sets the record straight on the Bounty mutiny with forensic fervour, including the before, the during – and the after." (Adam Courtenay, author of The Ship That Never Was)

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fascinating read

I loved this book. it's opened up a whole new facination for me about the "The Lord of the Flies" style Island, Pitcairn Island and it's fascinating history. My only dissapointment was the fact that the author, a descendant of Fletcher Christian excluded his own story from the book. I would have liked to have known how he was related to Fletcher Christian. The book is well written and flows. The narration was excellent apart from a few odd pronounciations of words - that's just cause I am super fussy. If you're like me and interested in history and especially maritime history then this is a wonderful new read.

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An excellent meld of factual events and storytelling

I love history but it’s delivery can be boring. Not so with this book. The facts come to life as this tale of the early days of Australia and it’s territories unfurls. I have a better understanding of our beginnings and, bonus, something intelligent to add to dinner conversation!

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