In marshy eastern reaches of the Thames lies the Hispaniola, an inn kept by Jim Hawkins and his son. Young Jim spends his days roaming the mist-shrouded estuaries, running errands for his father and listening to his stories in the taproom. Late one night, a mysterious girl named Natty arrives on the river with a request for Jim from her father.
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"His voice is unlike any other." New Statesman "Motion is a beautiful lyricist unpretentiously and precisely describing those things worth having even as he casts unsettling shadows across them" Guardian "[I]nventive. The struggles that ensue on the island are, frankly, more gripping than what Stevenson came up with... In one respect Motion excels Stevenson by a long sea mile. He is better at natural description... Motion has achieved that very difficult thing: a children's novel that works even better for adults." -- John Sutherland The Times
Andrew Motion was born in 1952. He began his career teaching English at the University of Hull. He has also been Editor of the Poetry Review, Editorial Director of Chatto & Windus, Poet Laureate, co-founded the Poetry Archive and was knighted for his services to literature in 2009. He is now Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and lives in London.