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Joseph Banks A LifeOne of our greatest writers about the sea has written an engrossing story of one of history's most legendary maritime explorers Patrick O'Brian's biography of naturalist explorer and co founder of Australia Joseph Banks is narrative history at its finest Published to rave reviews it reveals Banks to be a man of enduring importance and establishes Reading a history by a writer I know well as a novelist raises inevitable uestions about the historical process I’ve read half of the Jack Aubrey series 10 out of 20 each one being something special I save for a time when I have a few days spare to immerse in O’Brian’s artful historical plots and superb characters I know the power he has to create characters who are compelling and realSo an inevitable uestion in the back of my mind as I read this biography was “do O’Brian’s considerable skills for creating character add to the historical record or undermine it” It’s a naive uestion to the extent that any history that goes beyond the most basic chronological collation of primary sources involves a degree of characterisation both of the individuals and the events portrayed The historian is separated from the archivist largely by this capacity for characterisation the ability to form a coherent narrative and shape materials to make characters who are credible and alive in the minds of a readerThis Joseph Banks then is very much O’Brian’s Joseph Banks and so much the richer for it O’Brian brings to life a Banks who is personable complex flawed and highly credible O’Brian is clear about his sources and clear about what is missing in the record and whilst affection for Banks is also clear he goes out of his way to show Banks’ many sides and his failures But most importantly and enjoyably for a reader O’Brian’s necessary distillation of the vast archive of materials is achieved with a novelists’ touch and the story is compelling

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Book ì Joseph Banks È Ì Patrick o'brian Ì One of our greatest writers about the sea has written an engrossing story of one of history's most legendary maritime explorers Patrick O'Brian's biography of naturalist explorer and co founder of Australia Joseph Banks is narrative history at its finest Published to ravE general reader of a major figure in the history of natural science Frank Stewart Los Angeles TimesThis book is the definitive biography of an extraordinary subject Robert Taylor Boston GlobeHis skill at narrative and his extensive knowledge of the maritime history give him a definite leg up in telling this story Tom Clark San Francisco Chronicl I read this biography of the famous botanist at the time of its publication but only because it was written by Patrick O'Brian and because I'm an Australian who'd heard his name all my life I'm now much better informed about the era and its science society politics and personalities so I no longer skimmed over what I had considered the less interesting bits I relished the extracts from Banks's Endeavour Journal with its descriptions of the mortal cold he and his comrades experienced in Tierra del Fuego the horrible time the Endeavour had on the Barrier Reef and the very good time everybody had in TahitiO'Brian an intellectual transplant from the eighteenth century himself is an enthusiastic narrator and adopts the tone of the age an age in which Banks with his wide interests and enormous circle of influence was a prominent and mostly benign actor His biographer tries to convince us that Joseph Banks had many faults eg he very mistakenly thought he knew about fitting out the Resolution than Cook did but a sample of the adjectives O'Brian consistently employs to describe his subject leaves me unconvinced of themcheerful eager kind hospitable good humoured bucolic manners activeBanks had a finger in many pies A favourite project was the founding of a British colony in New South Wales He died in the office to which he had been elected annually for forty two years President of the Royal Society O'Brian concludes to leave Joseph Banks on his deathbedwillobituarieswould not only be sad but also misleading; there was such a fund of life there such a zest and eager intelligent curiosity O'Brian doesn't mention it but I have come across Horace Walpole expressing his scornful dislike of European colonisation specifically with reference to Banks Samuel Johnson was also inimical to such invasions but he died 3 years before the First Fleet set out They both knew and seem to have got along with Banks probably their opinions were out of step with those of the age

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Itself as a classic of explorationIt is in his description of that arduous three year voyage on the ship Endeavor that Mr O'Brian is at his most brilliant He makes us understand what life within this wooden world was like with its 94 male souls two dogs a cat and a goat Linda Colley New York TimesAn absorbing finely written overview meant for th I've managed to avoid reading any of O'Briens maritime novels and the film version of Master Commander doesn't encourage me but this is a pretty well written biography Banks was the fourth generation of wool merchants and land owners and although thet had no aristocratic titles they were well connected to the local nobs in eastern England with a huge estatate at Revesby in Lincolnshire I was brought up on a small farm which my grandfather had bought in 1934 and which my father farmed from the age of 14 It was in a neighbouring village and I knew Revesby well played cricket in the village team etc but it was only when we moved to Australia that I realised the linkage to the early years of the colony Banks became an amateur botanist and decided to go on a bit of an adventure and being young and rich he sailed on Cook's 1st voyage of discovery together with a party of 8 servants painters and fellow botanists It made him famous and he went on to become a major figure in London society friend of the King president of the Royal Society Privy Councillor and freuent adviser to the government It was his recommendation that led to the creation of the penal colony in Sydney and he also oversaw the development of Kew Gardens He had a hand in many pies and a vast network of friends mainly fellow scientists across Europe even during the long wars with France A very good read