Silver by Andrew MotionSilver by Andrew Motion


byAndrew Motion

Hardcover | March 10, 2016

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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.
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 Hollo...
Title:SilverFormat:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 9.5 × 6.36 × 1.39 inPublished:March 10, 2016Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385670699

ISBN - 13:9780385670692


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just Okay As far as a believable sequel, this was good—though at times I thought whole chapters could've been condensed to single paragraphs. The ending is very long and drawn out.
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Worst ending ever!(chance of a spolier) This book had me at hello. I felt it was a 5 star for sure. I loved it! Then I read the last couple chapters. I will try not to spoil anything but when I got to the last page I thought perhaps my E-reader had a glitch. I couldn't believe it ended so abruptly. to my shock it really was the end. I felt like I went on an amazing adventure, only to realize it was all for NOTHING.. not only did I walk away feeling there were so many unanswered questions (like what did Jim's father say when he returned home...was he mad, how do they get home), but I felt there was no reward, no point to this book at all. I think Andrew Motion woke up one day and said " I am bored with this story, I will end it today". Dont get me wrong I like Andrew Motion but I just hate this ending. It was like watching a movie that takes you on a long journey then in the last 5 minutes everyone in the movie is killed by a bomb except the main star, and we never learn how that main character escaped the bomb or what happened to him after. Motion was an amazing writer right up to the last chapter.
Date published: 2015-09-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Poetic and beautifully imagined sequel Treasure Island was one of my all time favourite books growing up. I had an old copy with a dark green cover and yellowed pages. I read it so many times the pages actually detached themselves from the spine. The true mark of a well read and well loved book. Needless to say this love of the original made me jump at the chance to read this book and see how it held up against the traditional story. For the most part I'm happy to say Silver: Return to Treasure Island has a place alongside the original. It continues the story in the same spirit of the original but doesn't force a story on the original characters. As far as I'm concerned the original characters have been exhausted. Thanfully, Andrew Motion seems to agree with me - tackling this adventure with a whole new (but related) set of characters - Jim Hawkins Jr and Natty Silver, daughter of the infamous Long John Silver. This gave this story, and their search for Treasure Island, a fresh and entertaining perspective. Another thing which really shook this story up for me was how the island had changed. Going in I assumed that the island would be it's regular old, treasure filled, people-less self. But there were some interesting surprises and twists, which reminded me that nothing really stays the same. Ultimately this evolution of the island made Silver a lot more thoughtful than one might expect. Silver is no Treasure Island but it is an exciting book in its own right. Filled with adventure, poetic language and plenty of surprises, it's an impressive book from beginning to end. Final recommendation: A poetic and beautifully reimagined tale, that fans of the original will fall in love with. This and other reviews at Hooked on Books (
Date published: 2012-07-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Transported me back Miss Spicer was 'my' librarian when I was young. Her dark dresses, severe bun and black glasses gave her a stern air which definitely deterred anyone from running and talking loudly in the library. But, it was she who fed and fostered my love of reading. I always asked her what I should read next. To her credit, she never, ever brushed me off. One summer she decided I would read the classics - Swiss Family Robinson, Robinson Crusoe, Treasure Island and more. It was the sense of adventure, the unknown and putting myself into the character's shoes that spirited me away for many a hot afternoon. With the release Andrew Motion's new book Silver - Return to Treasure Island - I was yet again transported away on a adventure with pirates, parrots and plunder. Jim Hawkins returned to England with his share of the treasure and now, in 1802, is an innkeeper. He runs the inn with the help of his son Jim. Jim has grown up hearing the tale of Treasure Island over and over again. And so has Natty, who shows up one night with a proposition for young Jim from her father - Long John Silver. Silver wants young Jim to 'obtain' the map to Treasure Island from his father. There is still treasure to be recovered and Silver will provide the ship, captain and crew for the voyage. He is too infirm to go himself, so Natty will go in his place, disguised as a boy. Andrew Motion is a superb storyteller. His tale pays homage to Stevenson, keeping the tone and language true to the time. The book isn't a fast paced swashbuckler, although there is of course a requisite sword fight. Rather, it is somewhat leisurely in spots, allowing us to take in Jim's narrative and descriptions. A third of the book is devoted to getting to the island. Once there, Motion does a great job of re imagining what the island would be like - and what happened to those left marooned many years ago. It is here that the story takes off - good vs. evil, love lost and found, duty and honour and more. In a sly nod to the original, the crewman most often in the crow's nest, keeping an eye out - is named Stevenson. The ending left me a bit unsatisfied. The door has been left open for a sequel's sequel. I'm not sure if children today would enjoy this sequel or not, but this adult quite enjoyed being transported back to her childhood.
Date published: 2012-06-12

Editorial Reviews

“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 novel without constantly referring back to Treasure Island, that is perhaps a sign of how effectively Motion has returned to Stevenson's compelling world.” —Winnipeg Free Press“It takes a lot of bottle, and talent, to write a sequel to a classic as beloved as R. L. Stevenson’s immortal Treasure Island. Andrew Motion pulls it off with his bold and brilliant Silver. I started it thinking he had a bit of a cheek and was instantly drawn into what can only be described as a really first-class Rattling Good Yarn. . . . this is the sort of novel that cries out for a rainy afternoon and home-made toffee.” —The Times (UK) “Elegant, affectionate homage to Robert Louis Stevenson… A piece of writing born of genuine love and respect for the original... Like Stevenson, Motion has achieved that very difficult thing: a children’s novel that works even better for adults.”—Adam Lively, The Sunday Times  “Like Stevenson, Motion has achieved that very difficult thing: a children’s novel that works even better for adults. Look to your laurels, Rowling”—John Sutherland, The Times  “There are sequels and prequels aplenty, but this follow-up to Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure island by the former Poet Laureate reeks of authenticity, cunning, intrigue, suspense and adventure.  It’s brilliant, and for all ages”—Henry Sutton, Daily Mirror “Silver is beautifully written”—Toby Clements, Sunday Telegraph  “This is writing of a high calibre and it is sustained throughout a tale that rarely flags… Silver’s plot twists and turns and introduces elements beyond even Stevenson’s imagination.  The result is a fascinating and richly colourful novel that can be read by children with an appetite for adventure and adults who will relish reliving the glory days of youth”—Alan Taylor, Herald  “[Motion] reinvents Stevenson’s world to reveal its dark underside, illuminating both its mysterious beauty and its grim immortality.  Silver provides a fitting sequel to Treasure Island, certainly, but also stands in its own right as a companion volume to a literary classic”—Daisy Hay, Observer  “A thrilling follow-up to Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island...Silver is a novel that will appeal to readers of all ages. Beautifully written and genuinely exciting...Best of all, Motion’s novel stays true to Stevenson’s original tale while adding an extra dimension”—Emma Lee-Potter, Daily Express“Elegant, thrilling sequel...The plot is gripping, a mixture of high adventure, low cunning and desperation...Motion’s prose vivid and glowingly poetic, is a brilliant counterpoint to the fascinating action”—Eithne Farry, Daily Mail “Silver is a deeply pleasing and convivial book… As with Treasure Island, Silver is left open to the possibility of its own sequel, and surely no one would wish Motion to swallow the anchor. All aboard! All aboard! All aboard that's coming aboard”—Ian Sansom, Guardian“Silver…captures something of the old magic. The thrilling flight across moor and heather that Henry James admired in Kidnapped.... finds expression in Silver’s action scenes set amid Caribbean waters”—Ian Thomson, Financial Times“Wise, beautifully written and appropriately dark.” —The Scotsman“Motion writes beautifully. . . . Silver more than holds its own as an adventure story. As a reminder of how innocently men once wrote of murder, greed and depravity, it is a salutary tale indeed.” —The Independent (Ireland)