Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, a rip snorting good tale! Robert Louis Stevenson had just returned to Scotland from his first trip to the USA with his bride and step-children. Eager to make them like him, Stevenson, whose creative talent was prodigious, drew an imaginary map with his stepson, Lloyd Osbourne, hoping to entertain the boy. From this map of a fantasy island, he began a story that would become Treasure Island. Jim, the son of an innkeeper comes into possession from a seafaring man of a map of an island where the buried treasure of a pirate awaits discovery. He will meet Long John Silver and set sail for adventure.— Deon Stonehouse
When old drunken sailor Billy Bones dies at the Admiral Benbow Inn, the innkeeper's son, Jim Hawkins, finds a map among the seaman's possessions. The local physician, Doctor Livesey, and the squire, Trelawney, believe the map is of an island where the infamous pirate Captain Flint buried his treasure. They decide to buy a ship to go find it, and Jim decides to join the crew as cabin boy.
They meet the skeptical Captain Smollett and Long John Silver, a one-legged cook with a parrot. Jim soon discovers that Silver is just one of several crewmen who was also part of Captain Flint's crew and that they're planning a mutiny. After they reach the island and the pirates rise up, Jim is separated from the others loyal to Captain Smollett. Wandering around, he learns that they are not alone on the island after all, and that perhaps the treasure has already been found.
Treasure Island has been entertaining readers of all ages for 130 years and is just as witty and as thrilling today as it was when it was first published. This special edition includes the much-loved original text along with new maps and an exclusive foreword.
About the Author
Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh in 1850, the only son of an engineer, Thomas Stevenson. Despite a lifetime of poor health, Stevenson was a keen traveller, and his first book An Inland Voyage (1878) recounted a canoe tour of France and Belgium. In 1880, he married an American divorcee, Fanny Osbourne, and there followed Stevenson's most productive period, in which he wrote, amongst other books, Treasure Island (1883), The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and Kidnapped (both 1886). In 1888, Stevenson left Britain in search of a more salubrious climate, settling in Samoa, where he died in 1894.