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A Starred Review!

I can't resist posting a wonderful bit of good news just received this afternoon: Hobson Woodward, Associate Editor of the Adams Papers, has received the first review for his forthcoming book, A Brave Vessel: The True Story of the Castaways Who Rescued Jamestown and Inspired Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' (Viking, July). It's a starred review in Kirkus Reviews:

"In his debut, Woodward ... recounts the tale of the beleaguered Sea Venture, which set out from England in 1609 for the colony of Jamestown in the New World. ... Woodward extracts a striking richness of imagery from 400-year-old sources - life on Bermuda comes across as strange and beautiful; Jamestown, a hell on earth. The author's acute sensitivity to the hardships of the settlers will help readers gain a new appreciation for their exceedingly difficult lives.

A skillfully written history of the trials of some the earliest American colonists."

Congratulations, Hobson! What a great way to end the week.

Stay tuned for more details on a lunch talk and booksigning with Hobson to be held at the MHS in late July.

permalink | Published: Friday, 8 May, 2009, 3:41 PM


May 11, 2009, 11:35 am

Christy Blanchard

This is one fantastic read! Congratulations Hobson!

May 13, 2009, 11:28 am

Sarah Bliss

A fascinating and compelling story, rife with intriguing details about the down-and-dirty experience of daily life on board ship, and later on land, that make the story come alive, and the book a page-turner.

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