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Mrs Cook: The Real and Imagined Life o/Day, Marele/Paper/1741141214/S018-D
Allen & Unwin
In the great sweep of history, or winds, tides and seasons, there is a story of courage and survival that belongs not to a great sea captain, but to his wife.
While James Cook circumnavigated the globe, travelling further than any man had before, Elizabeth Cook travelled with him in her thoughts, imagining the exotic, the sensory and the strange. There were months, sometimes years, with no word.
But as James sailed into the blue, earning his place in history, Elizabeth Cook made discoveries of her own. Though she rarely left London, she was propelled on a journey into the far reaches of the human heart, a journey marked by James's departures and those of her six children, whom she lost one by one.
This is a rich portrayal of the life of a woman whose passion and intellect matched that of her celebrated husband. It is a lyrical exploration of imagined interior worlds, shaped by historical fact. It is, above all, a celebration of love and endurance.