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by Ken McGoogan
In 1757, when 12-year-old Samuel Hearne joined the Royal Navy as an apprentice to the fighting captain Samuel Hood, he was embarking on a life of high adventure. This is a portrait of life in the eighteenth century, taking readers on and off the wooden sailing ships, through Dr Johnson's London and away to the farthest reaches of North America.
Ken McGoogan chronicles Hearne's harrowing odyssey, which was marked by hardship, hunger and disappointment, and mitigated only by his friendship with the legendary Indian leader Matonabbee. Hearne's epic adventure culminated in the infamous massacre by the Coppermine River an event that became the cornerstone of his own book, Journey to the Northern Ocean, and changed his life forever. It was Hearne's own account of this atrocity that McGoogan believes inspired Samuel Coleridge's famous poem the "Time Of The Ancient Mariner". Haunted by guilt and sorrow, the explorer shared his story with the poet when they met in London.
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KEN McGOOGAN is a Canadian writer - historian, biographer, novelist and journalist. He is the author of the internationally acclaimed bestseller Fatal Passage about Scottish Arctic adventurer John Rae, which won the Writers' Trust of Canada Drainie-Taylor Biography Prize, the Canadian Authors' Association History Award and the Grant MacEwan Award. It also won a US Christopher Award as a work of artistic excellence that 'affirms the highest values of the human spirit'. The author lives with his family in Toronto, Canada.
Ancient Mariner by Ken McGoogan
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