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By Andrew Motion

A rip-roaring sequel to Treasure Island—Robert Louis Stevenson’s liked classic—about younger pals and their high-seas event with risky pirates and long-lost treasure.
it truly is virtually 40 years after the occasions of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island:  Jim Hawkins now runs an hotel referred to as the Hispaniola at the English coast along with his son, Jim, and lengthy John Silver has back to England to stay in obscurity together with his daughter, Natty. Their lives are quiet and unremarkable; their adventures have probably ended.
      yet for Jim and Natty, the journey is simply starting. One evening, Natty techniques younger Jim with a proposition: go back to Treasure Island and locate the rest treasure that their fathers left at the back of such a lot of years earlier than. As Jim and Natty set sail of their fathers' footsteps, they fast research that this trip are usually not easy.  instantly, they arrive up opposed to murderous pirates, long-held grudges, and greed and deception lurking in each nook. And after they arrive on Treasure Island, they locate poor scenes looking ahead to them—difficulties which require all their wit in addition to their courage.  Nor does the journey finish there, seeing that they need to sail homeward again...
      Andrew Motion’s sequel—rollicking, heartfelt, and completely brilliant—would make Robert Louis Stevenson proud.

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A love, certainly, that I observed immediately could suggest the rejection of an individual else who sought after their consciousness. as though to verify the unease provoked via those ideas, Spot now started to fidget very nervously, scraping his wings opposed to the bars of his cage and many times starting and shutting his beak as if approximately to regurgitate a be aware or . whilst he eventually succeeded, he begun a similar word I had heard him utter earlier than, whilst I first made his acquaintance outdoor the Hispaniola: “Leave me by myself! go away me by myself! ” within the related speedy that he started to converse, Natty unexpectedly sat upright, maintaining her position beside her father’s shoulder, and patted her hair like an individual waking from a fresh sleep. even if she smiled at once at me, it used to be her father she spoke to: “Now,” she acknowledged quietly, “we needs to get to enterprise. i've got introduced Mr. Hawkins to determine you, Father, as you requested. ” Her tone of voice was once completely even, and the glance in her eye totally regular, as though she have been bold me to item that I had noticeable something unusual or disconcerting. “Mr. Hawkins! ” the outdated guy cawed, as though he have been a chicken himself, and prolonged either his hands towards me. the concept that he may perhaps count on me to embody him was once whatever that stuffed me with revulsion, and that i stood my ground—which in fact he didn't really see. “Mr. Hawkins! ” he stated back, within the related crooning tone. “My-my, boy, here’s a deal with for an previous guy. Come right here. Come the following and take a seat by way of me. enable me see you. ” He suggested the observe see with a drawling slowness that made me are looking to scale back away—but as though I had misplaced the command of my schools, I now moved ahead until eventually i discovered myself sitting at the chaise longue throughout from Natty, virtually touching the naked brown dermis of her father’s leg. At this proximity, i couldn't aid noticing the scent striking over him—very musty and darkish, as though he had lain underground for some time and lately been resurrected. I sat nonetheless as a statue, accepting with a type of passive sorrow that every little thing I now did, each breath I inhaled, was once both a betrayal or repudiation of my father. I felt incapable of taking the other direction. Natty, in the meantime, had stored her position at the contrary facet of the chaise and gave me one other of her candy smiles, along with her head bent somewhat ahead in encouragement. Returning her glance, I stated: “I am right here, sir. ” My voice used to be hoarse and small, so i presumed to copy myself, yet this time controlled to drop the “sir” in deference to my father. because the reminiscence of my father endured to flash throughout my brain, I diminished my eyes. It was once awesome to imagine the emaciated physique sooner than me had sailed the Seven Seas with my very own flesh and blood. Bewildering, too. not only within the distinction among then and now, yet as the previous appeared right away infinitely distant and extremely current. i assumed that if I have been to put my hand on Mr. Silver, he might quicken into his former self, and my very own arms might turn into my father’s, clutching at him for aid, or to repel him. “I am here,” I stated again—eventually. I anticipated a few extra hot outburst to greet my phrases, yet Mr.

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