Castaway: The extraordinary survival story of Narcisse Pelletier, a young French cabin boy shipwrecked on Cape York in 1858

Castaway: The extraordinary survival story of Narcisse Pelletier, a young French cabin boy shipwrecked on Cape York in 1858 Review

Robert is the author of 29 books, including DARK PARADISE, HAMILTON HUME and four works focusing on the SAS and Australia's Special Forces: SAS SNIPER, REDBACK ONE, SAS INSIDER and WARRIOR ELITE. He lives in Canberra. In 1858, fourteen-year-old French cabin boy Narcisse Pelletier was aboard the trader Saint-Paul when it was wrecked off the eastern tip of New Guinea. Scrambling into a longboat, Narcisse and the other survivors crossed almost 1000 kilometres of the Coral Sea before reaching the shores of Far North Queensland. If not for the local Aboriginal people, Narcisse would have perished. For seventeen years he lived with them, growing to manhood and participating fully in their Uutaalnganu world. Then, in 1875, his life was again turned upside down.

Drawing from firsthand interviews with Narcisse after his return to France and other contemporary accounts of exploration and survival, and documenting the spread of European settlement in Queensland and the brutal frontier wars that followed, Robert Macklin weaves an unforgettable tale of a young man caught between two cultures in a time of transformation and upheaval.

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  • Kim

    Non-Fiction that reads like Fiction. Enthralling story of a 1858 French 14 year old boy being castaway on the far north coast of Australia and being accepted and eventually included by local Aborigina...

  • Eric

    Castaway is overall a fascinating read. The chapters on history are extremely well documented and informative. However, I found the pattern the book is based on (a chapter on history, a chapter on Nar...

  • Kate

    A well written account of a young French cabin boys survival after being shipwrecked and abandoned, to his extraordinary life as a member of the Night Islander people of Cape York. Interspersed is the...

  • Dougal Patey

    Macklin set himself a high bar in including a history of early colonialists' contact with the many indigenous groups in Australia in the early nineteenth century as part of his imaginatively recreated...

  • Ella

    Narcisse Pelletier, een Franse kajuitjongen lijdt schipbreuk op de kust van Cape York (Australië) en wordt moedwillig achtergelaten door zijn kaptein en de rest van de bemanning. Hij is 14 jaar. Hij ...

  • Adrian Archer

    Having read many factual books relating to Australian history, I was alarmed and disappointed at the historical inaccuracies of this book and at how poorly it was written. Unfortunately, the author be...

  • Julie Giles

    Extraordinary tale. I feel that my 65 years of living as an Australian has just had a reality check. Ive known about the genocide of the first Australians, as the truth has come out over the past few ...

  • Chris

    An interesting book, well researched, a mixture of fact and a lot of fiction, that is a narrative of the whole episode of the life of the castaway and of Queensland in general during the time of the c...

  • Sarah

    What I wished I learnt at school...