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Captain Cook: A Legacy Under Fire

3.69  ·  Rating Details  ·  68 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
In 1768, James Cook, on an epic sea journey that secured his place in history, discovered Australia. One hundred years later, countering cherished legends, George Collingridge dared to claim that the Portuguese had gotten to Australia first. Now VANESSA COLLINGRIDGE, his distant cousin, unravels the strange tale of history's most fascinating explorer and the man who sought ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 1st 2003 by Lyons Press (first published January 1st 2002)
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This Charming Mum
The premise for this book is tantalising: Collingridge sets out to write a biography, but is waylaid by the discovery that a distant relative, many years earlier, made some shocking discoveries about their shared hero, Captain James Cook. This sets up a very personal journey for Collingridge, whereby the deeper she burrows into the annals of Cook’s life, the more she is forced to consider the journey of this long gone other Collingridge.
The author, an Oxford graduate now working in radio and te
Aug 25, 2010 Palmyrah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In this strange curate's egg of a book, Vanessa Collingridge, a geographer by profession, interweaves an account of Captain Cook's voyages of discovery with the story of a campaign by George Collingridge, a distant, long-dead relative of hers, to prove that Portuguese or Spanish navigators discovered Australia before the illustrious British explorer.

The accounts of Cook's voyages are good, and fired my imagination in spite of Collingridge's sloppy writing style and the motives and sentiments she
This is an interesting book. It reads a bit like a travelogue of James Cook's voyages of discovery, and contains some quality information. I appreciated the easy style.

On the flip side of the coin, Collingridge adds various intrigues (such as Dalrymple's rivalry with Cook and Banks becoming stand-offish after the 1st voyage) that weren't explored in enough detail to truly understand their importance.

I felt that the passages on George Collingridge were interesting, but added nothing to the legacy
Sean Broe
Would be an awesome book without the chapters about her relative. Skip those and it's awesome.
Jul 22, 2011 Edwina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I read this book in conjunction with Hough's biography of Cook, which I preferred. Collingridge's account was good in places but was let down by Collingridge including reference and chapters to herself throughout. Biography should not focus on the author! Also much as George Collingridge's life was an interesting counterpoint, I think again it was a distraction. Collingridge is basically trying too hard to pin Cook to her viewpoint and to tie in her name to her hero. In conclusion, the book shou ...more
Jun 14, 2008 Sally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
interseting factual look at history. Lots of stuff never taught in the history class that makes for a more feasible and more interesting account of the discovery of NZ
John Hornyak
Mar 17, 2013 John Hornyak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very well written. The author is a distant relation...
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