Transit of Venus

Huia Publishers, 2004 - 290 sidor
Countless writers and film-makers have been drawn to the story of the mutiny on the Bounty, when led by Fletcher Christian, the mutineers set Captain William Bligh and others adrift in a ship's boat. The mutineers returned to Tahiti before making their way to isolated and uninhabited Pitcairn Island. This novel tells the story from a new and unexpected perspective, that of the Tahitian women who joined the Bounty mutineers and sailed away with them to make new lives. Mauatua and her friends and relatives relate the strange journey, away from their home-land and into the feverish intensity of drunkenness, betrayal, and murder that mark the early years on Pitcairn. Along the way, the reader learns of the Tahitians' fascination with Cook and his expedition to observe the transit of Venus across the southern skies, of Tahitian traditions and customs.

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Rowan Metcalfe (1955-2003) is a direct descendant of Mauatua and Fletcher Christian and describes this novel as 'a meditation on my ancestors'. Rowan won the Katherine Mansfield Short Story Award (for young writers) in 1974, and in 1997 she won the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Short Story Award.

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