'A magnificent piece of popular history.' Independent on Sunday.
Christmas Day, 1616, an English adventurer, Nathaniel Courthope, stepped ashore
on a remote island in the East Indies on a most secret and dangerous mission.
He had to
persuade the head-hunting islanders of Run to grant a monopoly to England over
their nutmeg, a fabulously valuable spice in Europe.
welcome he received infuriated the Dutch, who were determined to seize control
of the world’s nutmeg supply.
years, Courthope and his half-starved band of thirty men were besieged by a
force one hundred times greater. His heroism set in motion the events that led
to the founding of the greatest city on earth.
Drawn from original letters, journals and personal diaries, Nathaniel's Nutmeg sheds light on an extraordinary and little-episode in world history. To buy the book click here (UK) and here (USA).
‘Giles Milton's research is impeccable and his narrative reads in part like a modern-day Robert Louis Stevenson novel.’ Martin Booth, The Times.
'This book is a magnificent piece of popular history. It is an English story, but its heroism is universal. This is a book to read, reread, then, aside from the X-rated penultimate chapter, read again to your children.' Nicholas Fearn, The Independent on Sunday.
‘To write a book which makes the reader, after finishing it, sit in a trance, lost in his passionate desire to pack a suitcase and go, somehow, to the fabulous place - that, in the end, is something one would give a sack of nutmegs for.’ Philip Hensher, The Spectator.
‘Milton spins a fascinating tale of swashbuckling adventure, courage and cruelty, as nations and entrepreneurs fought for a piece of the nutmeg action.’ Time Magazine.