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This is the epic, and beautifully-told story of a great voyage of exploration. HMS Rattlesnake, an aging British warship, was commissioned in 1846 to survey Australia's treacherous Great Barrier Reef and to produce the first detailed chart of the New Guinea coast. At stake was the pre-eminence of British sea power - and the ambitions of those on board.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780571210787
ISBN-10: 0571210783
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 126mm x 26mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publish Date: 16-Mar-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Jordan Goodman

Jordan Goodman is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at University College, London. He has published extensively in the history of science and medicine and cultural history. The Rattlesnake, his first book for Faber, involved extensive research in both Australia and the UK.

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