Auckland Libraries: The mutiny on the Bounty

The mutiny on the Bounty

These books continue the story of the mutiny on the Bounty, focusing on the experiences of William Bligh as well as Fletcher Christian’s party who made their home on Pitcairn Island. This true story continues to be retold in both fiction and nonfiction. Learn more with this selection of books and by listening to our Meet a Rare Book podcast.

Men without country

Harrison Christian

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Harrison Christian, a direct descendant of Fletcher Christian, describes the journey of the Bounty and the lives of the men aboard. Also available as an audiobook.

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Fragile paradise

Glynn Christian

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Glynn Christian, a descendant of Fletcher Christian used family papers, contemporary accounts and a personal sailing expedition to Pitcairn to “solve the riddle” of Christian’s death.

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Fletcher of the Bounty

Graeme Lay

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New Zealand author Graeme Lay tells the story of Fletcher Christian, sailor, adventurer and mutineer of the HMS Bounty and his relationship with Isabella his Tahitian lover.

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Bligh

Anne Salmond

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An illustrated historical account by New Zealand academic Dame Anne Salmond.

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Mutiny and aftermath

James Morrison

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Published in 2013 by the University of Hawaii Press this is an account of one of the mutineer’s, boatswain’s mate James Morrrison.

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The Bounty

Caroline Alexander

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This account focuses on the lead up to the mutiny on board the Bounty with details of the court martial of the ten mutineers.

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Mutiny on the Bounty

Peter FitzSimons

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At 613 pages this illustrated saga published by Hachette Australia in 2018 is still in high demand. Also available as an audiobook.

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Mutiny on the Bounty

John Boyne

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A fictional account from the perspective of the fifteen-year-old cabin boy. Also available as an eBook.

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Governor Bligh and the short man

Peter Cochrane

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A fictional account narrated by Mary, daughter of Governor-elect William Bligh seventeen years after the mutiny.

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In Bligh's hand

Jennifer Gall

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Features facsimile pages from Bligh’s daily notebook entries.

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Mutiny on the Bounty

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This work focuses on Captain Bligh and includes facsimiles of his writing with maps drawn by Bligh held at the State Library of New South Wales and featured in an exhibition in 1991.

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