Tale of mutiny on the high seas fails to take control

Mutiny on the Bounty. By John Boyne, Doubleday, €16.50

3rd May, 2008

Mutiny on the Bounty. By John Boyne, Doubleday, €16.50

John Boyne’s hefty new historical novel of adventure on the high seas begins in Portsmouth in December 1787,w hen 14-year-old John Jacob Turnstile is caught in the act of stealing a watch.

Turnstile himself is the narrator of the book, and he informs us that though he has been sentenced to a term of imprisonment, h e will be granted a reprieve if he...

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