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  • A fabulous new book ... focuses on the extraordinary encounters between Cook's salt-encrusted mariners and the colourful Pacific islanders

    Giles Milton, Living History
  • Valuable and vivid

    Times Literary Supplement
  • Epic ... A writer of the rarest quality...wonderful...the definitive volume for this moment in our history

    Simon Winchester
  • Rich, vivid and deeply provocative, Thomas's work combines premiere adventure story with thorough history and intensive sociology

    Publishers Weekly

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