Meet Peter FitzSimons - Carindale Library

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Westfield Carindale Shopping Centre

1151 Creek Road

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Captain James Cook is one of the most recognisable names in Australian history – an almost mythic figure who is often discussed, celebrated, reviled and debated. But who was the real James Cook?

This Yorkshire farm boy would go on to become the foremost mariner, navigator and cartographer of his era, and to personally map a third of the globe. His great voyages of discovery were incredible feats of seamanship and navigation. Leading a crew of men into unchartered territories, Cook would face the best and worst of humanity as he took himself and his crew to the edge of the known world – and beyond.

With his masterful storytelling talent, Peter FitzSimons brings James Cook to life. Focusing on his most iconic expedition, the voyage of the Endeavour, where Cook first set foot on Australian and New Zealand soil, FitzSimons contrasts Cook against another figure who looms large in Australasian history: Joseph Banks, the aristocratic botanist. As they left England, Banks, a rich, famous playboy, was everything that Cook was not. The voyage tested Cook’s character and would help define his legacy.

Now 240 years after James Cook’s death, join Peter FitzSimons as he reveals what kind of man James was at heart. His strengths, his weaknesses, his passions and pursuits, failures and successes.

Books will be available for purchase on the day, or bring your copy from home for Peter to sign.

Presented as part of the Lord Mayor's Writers in Residence series.

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Carindale Library

Westfield Carindale Shopping Centre

1151 Creek Road

Carindale, QLD 4152

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