Waiting on Wednesday
Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
Today my pick is The Last Bookaneer by Matthew Pearl.
On the island of Samoa, in a house perched on a cliff beneath a smouldering volcano, a dying Robert Louis Stevenson labours over a new novel. It is rumoured that this may be the author of Treasure Island‘s greatest masterpiece.
On the other side of the world this news fires the imaginations of the bookaneers, literary pirates who steal the latest manuscripts by famous writers to smuggle them to a hungry public. But a changing world means the bookaneers will soon become extinct.
Two adversaries set out for the south Pacific: Pen Davenport, a tortured criminal genius haunted by his past and Belial, his nemesis. Both dream of fortune and immortality with this last and most incredible heist.
The Last Bookaneer thrillingly depicts the lost world of these doomed outlaws, a tropical island with a violent destiny, a brewing colonial war and a reclusive genius directing events from high in his mountain compound.
I’ve really enjoyed previous books by Matthew Pearl, but I’m particularly excited about this one because there were some ‘bookaneers’ in his book The Last Dickens. I mentioned in my review back in 2011 that Pearl had indicated that he hoped to write a book eventually about the bookaneers and I’ve been excited about that idea ever since!
This is scheduled for release in May, and I will definitely be picking up a copy!
What are you waiting on this week?