The Caliban Shore: The Fate of the Grosvenor Castaways

The Caliban Shore: The Fate of the Grosvenor Castaways

by StephenTaylor (Author)


The Grosvenor was one of the finest East Indiamen of her day, but she ran aground on the treacherous coast of south-east Africa. An astonishing number of her crew and passengers, including women and children, reached the shore safely, but the castaways found themselves hundreds of miles from the nearest European outpost - and utterly ignorant of their surroundings and the people among whom they found themselves. Drawing upon much new research, Stephen Taylor pieces together this extraordinary saga, sifting the myths that became attached to The Grosvenor from a reality that is no less gripping. Taking the reader to the heart of what is now the Wild Coast of Pondoland, he reveals the misunderstandings that led to tragedy, tells the story of those who escaped, and unravels the mystery of those who stayed.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
Edition: New edition
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Published: 02 Jun 2005

ISBN 10: 0571210724
ISBN 13: 9780571210725

Media Reviews
'A wonderful book, hugely satisfying on many levels - as a survival-and-ordeal chronicle, as social history, as anthropology, and an early foray into the exotic, but most of all as an adventure' Paul Theroux
Author Bio
Stephen Taylor grew up in South Africa, and after moving to Britain worked as a foreign correspondent for The Times in Africa, Asia and Australia. He is the author of several celebrated books on Africa, including The Mighty Nimrod and Livingstone's Tribe: A Journey from Zanzibar to the Cape. The Caliban Shore was called 'a wonderful book' by Paul Theroux and his most recent book, Storm and Conquest, was called 'a triumph ... a ripping yarn founded on original research' in the Guardian.