On the high seas of the Caribbean, a family of English children is set loose – sent by their parents from their home in Jamaica to receive the civilising effects of England. When their ship is captured by pirates, the thrilling cruise continues as the children transfer their affections from one batch of sailors to another. Innocence is their protection, but as life in the care of pirates reveals its dangers, the events which unfold begin to take on a savagely detached quality.
Writers’ reviews for A High Wind in Jamaica:’One of my all time favourite books’ Ann Patchett’I wouldn’t let a 14-year-old near it’ Meg Rosoff’I read the whole thing in one gulp. It was remarkable. Tiny.
Crazy. I felt just like I did as a kid.’ Andrew Sean Greer’When I really like a book I’ll sometimes read a passage or two aloud to whoever’s nearby; this one I’d happily recite cover-to-cover’ Imogen Hermes Gowar’A thrillingly good book’ Martin Amis