416 pages, 9.5 × 6.36 × 1.39 in
March 10, 2016
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0385670699
ISBN - 13: 9780385670692
From the Publisher
July, 1802. In the marshy eastern reaches of the Thames, a young boy spends his days roaming the mist-shrouded estuaries and listening to his father's tales of adventures: on the high seas, of curses, murder and revenge, black spots and buried treasure--and of a man with a wooden leg.
It's almost forty years after the events of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island: Jim Hawkins now runs an inn called the Hispaniola on the English coast with his son, Jim, and Long John Silver has returned to England to live in obscurity with his daughter, Natty. Their lives are quiet and unremarkable; their adventures have seemingly ended.
But for Jim and Natty, the adventure is just beginning. One night, Natty approaches young Jim with a proposition: return to Treasure Island and find the rest of the treasure that their fathers left behind so many years before. Jim joins Natty aboard a ship--the Nightingale--and the new friends set out to sail in their fathers' footsteps. But their journey is fraught with murderous pirates, long-held grudges, and greed and deception lurking in every corner. When they arrive on Treasure Island, they find terrible scenes awaiting them and difficulties which require all their wit as well as their courage. Nor does the adventure end there, since they have to sail homeward again...
Andrew Motion has written a truly accomplished work of literature--rollicking, heartfelt, and utterly brilliant--that would make Robert Louis Stevenson proud.
About the Author
Andrew Motion was born in 1952. He began his career teaching English at the University of Hull. He has also been Editor of the Poetry Review, Editorial Director of Chatto & Windus, Poet Laureate, co-founded the Poetry Archive and was knighted for his services to literature in 2009. He is now Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
“With Silver, Andrew Motion places the poet adventurer up in the sky where he belongs, coasting and gliding in favorable winds, pointing the way to literary treasure.” —The New York Times“Motion perfectly captures the compelling, inexorable pace, sober tone and stark passions of the original.” —Toronto Star “. . . his ambition is admirable, as is his stylistic elegance.” —Kirkus Reviews “Like Stevenson's engrossing tales, Silver is crammed with incident, intrigue and peril. Motion has added a lofty moral mission that transcends mere greed: the liberation of a pathetic group of slaves who are victims of the marooned pirates' debauchery and brutality. . . . one gets easily swept up by the suspenseful story Silver tells, and the excitement, dread and courage of its young narrator and his companions. For maximum enjoyment, consider a return to Stevenson's seminal Treasure Island as a refresher, or a prequel.” —The Seattle Times“Silver is a magical book which reawakens the love of reading that I first discovered as a child. Conjured up from the mists of the Thames—seafaring adventurers, a handsome ship, and a treasure of silver spring vividly from the page. Andrew Motion's writing has both a classical elegance and a lyrical cadence which animates this iconic story brought forward in its life.” —Dr. Vincent Lam, author of The Headmaster’s Wager “This is an adventure story by a novelist with a poet's vision -- but then, so was the original. If it is difficult to write about this n