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Transit of Venus

By Rowan Metcalfe

Transit of Venus

The story of the Bounty mutiny is well known.  Fletcher Christian’s mutineers set Captain William Bligh and others adrift in a ship’s boat. Bligh sailed some 5000 kilometres to safety; the mutineers returned to Tahiti before making their way to isolated and uninhabited Pitcairn Island.

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The story of the Bounty mutiny is well known.  Fletcher Christian’s mutineers set Captain William Bligh and others adrift in a ship’s boat. Bligh sailed some 5000 kilometres to safety; the mutineers returned to Tahiti before making their way to isolated and uninhabited Pitcairn Island.

But what of the Tahitian women who joined the Bounty at Tahiti? Their powerful and compelling story is told in Transit of Venus. Mauatua and her friends and relatives speak directly to us in beautiful and startlingly perceptive ways as they move away from their homeland and pass into the feverish intensity of drunkenness, betrayal and murder that mark the early years on Pitcairn. In so doing they assert their place in a story that has fascinated readers for generations.

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  • ISBN: 9781869690830
  • Dimension: 130 x 205 mm
  • Pages: 325
  • Format: Softback
  • Language: English
  • Publication Date: 01 Jul 2004

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About the Author

Rowan Metcalfe

Rowan Metcalfe was born in Taupiri and was a writer from an early age. Rowan was first published in 1974 in the New Zealand literary quarter Landfall. Her short stories and poems were published in various other literary journals and anthologies, and she shares with Owen Marshall the distinction of having twice won the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Short ... Read More