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Boon Island - ROBERTS, Kenneth

Collins, 1956, Hardback ..
Condition: Very Good. Slightly bumped at tail of spine.

This is the story of two friends, Miles Whitworth and Neal Butler, who sailed across the Atlantic in the year 1710. Miles lived with his father in Greenwich. Down from Oxford, his chief absorption was the theatre. A chance encounter witrh Neal, a strange young lad, fishing for whitebait in the river, led to a firm friendship. Neal was himself a minor player in Penkethman's celebrated Greenwich summer company; and his father, Swede, met Whitworth senior and enlisted his aid to improve Neal's future. Events were to confound those plans, however. Neal, playing the part of a young girl, had the attention of a corrupt fop forced upon him; and Neal in defending himself, killed the fop. Thus it was Miles, Neal and Swede fled England on the Nottingham galley with a motley crew. What befell them when the ship was wrecked on ice-covered Boon Island in a howling north-easter is recounted graphically.

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