Author(s): Robert Louis Stevenson
First published in book form in 1883, Treasure Island remains one of the best-loved children’s stories of all time. It recounts the thrilling adventures of Jim Hawkins, a young boy who finds a mysterious map in the sea trunk of an old sailor who has died in his parents’ inn. The map is of an island, and marked on it is the location of a hoard of money, hidden there by the chief of a notorious band of pirates. The local doctor and squire decide to set off to find the island, taking Jim with them as the cabin-boy, but they soon discover that the surviving pirates are also keen to locate the treasure. Among the colourful characters is Long John Silver who, with his missing leg and his talking parrot, has entered into popular folklore. Although written for children, this is a wonderful adventure story that can be enjoyed at any age.
Illustrated by H M Brock, with an afterword by Sam Gilpin.
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A beautifully illustrated edition of Robert Louis Stevenson's timeless tale of adventure on the high seas.
Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh in 1850, the only son of an engineer, Thomas Stevenson. Despite a lifetime of poor health, Stevenson was a keen traveller, and his first book An Inland Voyage (1878) recounted a canoe tour of France and Belgium. In 1880 he married an American divorcee, Fanny Osbourne, and there followed Stevenson's most productive period, in which he wrote, amongst other books, Treasure Island (1883), The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and Kidnapped (both 1886). In 1888, Stevenson left Britain in search of a more salubrious climate, settling in Samoa, where he died in 1894.