RESOLUTION: A. N. WILSON
The great British biographer A.N. Wilson has turned his attention from Tolstoy, Jesus and Hitler to Captain Cook, as seen through the eyes of George Forster, the Polish-born German botanist who sailed with Cook on his 1772-75 expedition to the South Seas, and who may not have had the voyage of a life time. In his historical novel Resolution Wilson writes that while the crew “gamboled with the island beauties, George had sat with his thick woollen stockings, buckled shoes, cotton shirt, worsted vest and coat, drawing the Tahitian flora”. Wilson expands on the tale of hardship and discovery.