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Nathaniel's Nutmeg: How One Man's Courage Changed the Course of History by Giles Milton

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'A book to read, reread, then read again to your children' Independent on Sunday

'Once embarked upon the journey of the book, one is loath, sometimes unable to turn back' Sunday Times

'A book that makes the reader sit in a trance, lost in passionate desire to pack a suitcase and go to the fabulous place' The Spectator

The legendary story of how one man's actions led to the birth of New York - and the beginning of the British Empire.

In 1616, English adventurer Nathaniel Courthope stepped ashore on a remote island in the East Indies on a secret mission - to persuade the islanders of Run to grant a monopoly to England over their nutmeg, a fabulously valuable spice. This infuriated the Dutch, who were determined to control the world's supply. For five years Courthope and his band of thirty men were besieged by a force one hundred times greater. His heroism set in motion a series of events that led to England owning Manhattan, culminating in the creation of New York and the launch of the British Empire.

Beautifully told, Nathaniel's Nutmeg is a modern classic of adventure, ambition and exploration.

The extraordinary adventure-filled story of how England came to own Manhattan in the seventeenth century

About the Author
Giles Milton is the million-copy, internationally bestselling author of a dozen works of narrative history. His books have been translated into twenty-five languages. Two of Milton's previous works, Nathaniel's Nutmeg and Churchill's Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare, are currently being developed into major screen projects. Milton is the writer and narrator of the acclaimed narrative podcast series, Ministry of Secrets, produced by Sony and available on all platforms. He lives in London and Burgundy.

A magnificent piece of popular history . . . This is a book to read, reread, then read again to your children * Nicholas Fearn, Independent on Sunday *
Beautifully touching ... To write a book that makes the reader sit in a trance, lost in his passionate desire to pack a suitcase and go to the fabulous place - that, in the end, is something one would give a sack of nutmeg for. * Philip Hensher, The Spectator *
Giles Milton tells his adventurous and sometimes grisly tale with relish ... The thoroughness and intelligence of his research underpins the lively confidence with which he deploys it. * John Spurling, Times Literary Supplement *
A truly gripping tale... His research is impeccable... Once embarked upon the journey of the book, one is loath, sometimes unable... to turn back and abandon it. * Martin Booth, The Sunday Times *
Milton has a terrific eye for the kind of detail that can bring the past vividly to life * The Spectator *

Book Information
ISBN 9780340696767
Author Giles Milton
Format Paperback
Page Count 416
Imprint John Murray Publishers Ltd
Publisher John Murray Press
Weight(grams) 280g
Dimensions(mm) 198mm * 128mm * 32mm


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