Boy From The Sky
In 1806 a British privateer limped into the Tongan archipelago. This is the story
of the fifteen year-
Eight years after he was rescued, William Mariner's account of his years in Tonga
became a best-
Surviving a massacre aboard the ship, Mariner was adopted by its perpetrator, King
Finau, and groomed to be his lieutenant. With the ship's canons and muskets in the
hands of the sixteen other crewmembers he had spared for the task, Finau plunged
the islands into civil war. Mariner's graphic account of the impact of western arms
upon a stone-
But by placing himself at the centre of the action and airbrushing out the other crewmembers Mariner constructed a gripping but deeply deceptive narrative. From sources unavailable at the time of the publication of his account this book uncovers the extraordinary reasons for his deception.
Praise for Nigel Randell's last book 'The White Headhunter':
"His telling of Renton's story is brilliantly done… original and gripping."
The Sunday Times
"It is an utterly compelling story."
"Fascinating and horrendous."
"A fabulous ethnographic tale."