The Far Land

Brandon Presser


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Icon Books
4 January 2024
ISBN: 9781785788949
352 pages

From the publisher

‘The Far Land swells in the cause and effect of actions of passion. Brandon Presser's fascinating narrative of the relentless consequences of the Bounty mutineers asks: were they brave or damned? They lived so very troubled ever after. You can't make this stuff up!’ Tom Hanks

‘A highly accomplished travel writer, Brandon Presser's The Far Land hits a lot of my pleasure centers: remote islands, then-and-now non-fiction, historical mysteries and forthright travelogues. The first night I started reading, I dreamed about Pitcairn Island.’ Maggie Shipstead, 2021 Booker Prize shortlisted and 2022 Women's Prize for Fiction shortlisted author of Great Circle

‘Meticulously researched…Armchair adventurers will appreciate the author's sharp and sympathetic eye, showing us the mechanics of a truly remote civilization. Presser's detailed account provides a sense of authority to a story too bizarre to be anything but true.’ Kirkus Reviews

‘Brandon Presser moves far beyond the Mutiny on the Bounty to the devastating tale of the Pitcairn Island settlement, a real-life Lord of the Flies tragedy. As Brandon finds when he makes a protracted visit to the island, it's a story still unwinding and a definite reminder that island and paradise are two words which often don't go together. It's a tale which seamlessly blends his new take on the mutiny and its aftermath with his own experiences on Pitcairn today.’ Tony Wheeler, co-founder, Lonely Planet

‘The Far Land uncovers the almost unbelievable true story of Pitcairn Island, while taking readers on an exciting journey to one of the most remote communities in the world… Presser excels at depicting the strangeness, but his novelistic account of what happened to the original colonists is stranger and bloodier-and unforgettable in its shocking details… Lord of the Flies pales in comparison.’ Shelf Awareness

‘A mash-up of an 18th-century adventure novel and the darkest episode of 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' imaginable.’ New York Times Book Review

‘Riveting and obsessively researched.’ Bloomberg