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Pirates! [Paperback]

Celia Rees
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2 Aug 2004
When two young women meet under extraordinary circumstances in eighteenth century West Indies they are unified in their desire to escape their oppressive lives. The first is a slave, forced to work in a plantation mansion and subjected to terrible cruelty at the hands of the plantation manager. The second is a spirited and rebellious English girl, sent to the West Indies to marry well and combine the wealth of two respectable families. But Fate ensures that one night the two young women have to save each other and run away to a life no less dangerous but certainly a lot more free. As pirates they roam the seas, fight pitched battles against their foes and become embroiled in many a heart-quickening adventure. Written in brilliant and sparkling first-person narrative, this is a wonderful novel in which Celia Rees has brought the past vividly and intimately to life.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; New edition edition (2 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747564698
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747564690
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 13 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 986,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Celia Rees was born in Solihull, West Midlands, UK. She studied History and Politics at Warwick University and then went on to teach English in city comprehensive schools for seventeen years. She now divides her time between writing, talking to readers in schools and libraries, and teaching creative writing.

She has written over twenty books for older children and teenagers, and has become a leading writer for Young Adults with an international reputation. Her books have been translated into 28 languages and she has been short listed for the Guardian, Whitbread and W.H. Smith Children's Book Awards, as well as numerous regional awards in the UK and America. Witch Child won the prestigious Prix Sorcières in France in 2003, and the Di Cento Prize in Italy, 2001. Her latest book, The Fool's Girl, is published, April 2010.

Celia lives in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, with her husband, Terry. Her daughter, Catrin, now lives and works in London.

Celia has a Fan Page on Facebook and her own website: www.celiarees.com

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Amazon Review

Pirates! is a classy and welcome addition to Celia Rees's successful oeuvre, that of novels with a historical background, such as the phenomenally bestselling Witch Child and Sorceress. Swashbuckling in the tradition of every pirate tale, from Treasure Island to Pirates of the Caribbean, Pirates! is truly gripping from first page to last and never fails to be totally entertaining throughout.

Nancy Kington and Minerva Sharp are two young women from very different backgrounds who, in time, become united in a common, pirating cause. Nancy, the daughter of a successful Bristol ship owner, had her life all planned out. She lived in comfort and hoped to marry her childhood sweetheart William. But disaster strikes and she is aghast to experience her circumstances turning upside down when her father dies. Soon she finds herself shipped out to land they own in the West Indies to marry for the good of the remaining family.

Minerva is part of the staff at her new plantation home and they immediately become friends--despite the delicate nature of their differing positions as merchant's daughter and slave. But Minerva has complications of her own--particularly from an abusive overseer. Nancy is eventually driven to murder him, and together they become fugitives. Joining a pirate ship comes naturally to both of them and a wild, wild life of seafaring and adventure begins.

With detailed research that leaps from every page, Rees's narrative is atmospheric but never heavy. She moves the story along at a jaunty pace, making it impossible for the reader to get bogged down. Rich and exciting, Pirates! is another triumph and unlikely to be bested by another pirate novel for some years to come. (Recommended for ages 12 and over.) --John McLay --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'A rollocking tale of slavery, sisterhood, blackhearted bridegrooms and treasure, beautifully written and gloriously good-hearted... a treasure of a book.' -- The Times

'Piracy is definitely in...this is as swashbuckling a yarn as anyone could wish for' -- The Guardian

'Rees tells a rattling, action-packed, provocative yarn...a page-turning read.' -- Irish Times

‘The story is absorbing, full of surprises, moving and revealing.' -- Times Educational Supplement

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I was hooked! 11 Oct 2003
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This is one of the best books I have ever read!
Celia Rees takes you on an exiting journey back in time to the 18th century. When her father dies, Nancy Kington is sent to her father's sugar plantation to be married. But when Nancy kills a man, she and her friend and slave, Minerva, are forced to run away. They join a pirate ship and dress in mens clothes, hoping to escape. But it's not that easy. They are followed by the man that Nancy was supposed to marry and all the time Nancy is still searching for her childhood sweetheart, William.
I love the way that Celia Rees has of making it impossible to tell what is going to happen next! I loved all of the unexpected twists and turns in the plot and I loved the way that the characters, from all different backgrounds, came together.
This is a gripping tale of love, adventure, danger and friendship and I couldn't put it down. I would highly recomend this book to anyone and everyone. Celia Rees is a great author, she has written lots of super stories and this one is certainly no exception!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy-peasy pirates! Great fun! 9 Jun 2006
Format:Paperback
If you're looking for something to dive into this summer, something to warm your heart, to take you to places you've never been... then "Pirates!" is the book for you. I have been dissapointed with Celia Rees in the past, but decided to give this one a try. And I happy I did. It's packed with goodness. Allthough the story does lack depth when it comes to the life upon a ship, and especially when it comes to battle, it has so much love, so much hope that you learn to overlook the small things that are not so good. In whole, it is a great book for pirate girls everywhere! It is a story of not giving in to what is "normal", but to fight with all your being for what you want, for what you are and for what you love!

Girl power :)
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pirates!- a good read 28 Jan 2005
By Beth
Format:Paperback
I've had good and bad experiences of Celia Rees- good in the form of 'Witch Child' and 'Sorceress' and bad in the shape of 'Truth or Dare', 'The Vanished' and 'Blood Sinister'- all three pointless, predictable stories that failed to impress. So why did I buy 'Pirates!'? Because I had a theory that Rees was best when writing historically based novels. I wasn't wrong.
When Nancy is shipped out to the West Indies to marry a wealthy plantation owner, she meets Minerva- a slave with whom she forms an instant bond. A shocking event forces both of them to run away, joining the 'Maroons'.
A chance encounter leads to the two girls joining a pirate ship as members of the crew, and much of the story is taken up with descriptions of the boat, the shipmates, and most importantly the treasure.
As the tale unfolds, the girls are tested to the limit, as they fight for their lives, flee from pursuers and search for their loves.
Pirates! is a fast-paced, dramatic book that manages to interweave tension and trauma with comedy, romance and history. A great book for anyone with an evening or two to spare.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Ever!!! 4 Nov 2006
By Titania
Format:Paperback
I loved this book from the moment I picked it up! Well written and with a brilliantly exciting but realistic plot, this book is perfect for any teenage girl who is remotely interested in the world of the hich seas, without showing just the glamour. Its fast pace stops you getting bored, but doesn't go so quickly that the reader can't keep up. Rees has portrayed Nancy's emmotions perfectly-you really feel like you are living in her world. There better be a sequel!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Purely and simply, A MUST-READ BOOK! 18 Mar 2004
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
As an adult reader I found this book excellent and one that you will want to read more than once! Who says it's just for teenagers?! If you like adventure, history, romance, or thriller books, then you'll love this book. It is full of swashbuckling action!
Unfortunately, the Amazon review and synopsis above gives away too much. So if you haven't read it already, don't! The less you read above, the more there is to discover!
This book would make an absolutely fantastic film, so I hope someone out there buys the film rights to it!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!! 4 Aug 2009
A Kid's Review
Format:Paperback
Pirates! By Celia Rees
Nancy Kington and Minerva Sharp are two young women from very different backgrounds who, in time, become united in a common, pirating cause. Nancy, the daughter of a successful Bristol ship owner, had her life all planned out. She lived in comfort and hoped to marry her childhood sweetheart William. But disaster strikes and she is aghast to experience her circumstances turning upside down when her father dies. Soon she finds herself shipped out to land they own in the West Indies to marry for the good of the remaining family.
Minerva is part of the staff at her new plantation home and they immediately become friends--despite the delicate nature of their differing positions as merchant's daughter and slave. But Minerva has complications of her own--particularly from an abusive overseer. Nancy is eventually driven to murder him, and together they become fugitives. Joining a pirate ship comes naturally to both of them and a wild, wild life of seafaring and adventure begins.
I really liked this book, it had a nice story, and I believe it is true, but it did leave it on a cliffhanger and the author doesn't even know if the is gonna be a sequel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Adventure Story for Teenage Girls 4 April 2004
By Chrestomanci VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
This book is a really great adventure story for teenage girls. Although set in the past, and in a world that few modern girls can fully comprehend (slavery & piracy), the two heroines face many of the same issues that their readers also face.
Although clearly a fantasy, the author depicts both the characters and the world they inhabit with such skill and attention to detail, that we are transported back to the past with ease, and instantly feel that the characters are true historic figures rather than the product of a vibrant imagination. A slight predictability of plot is soon forgiven; when the journey is this enjoyable, knowing the probable destination is no real stumbling block.
Possibly not a book for boys, as there are no real heroes ... only heroines! Recommended for young adult readers rather than girls below the age of ten; for younger readers try "Piratica" by Tanith Lee ... an adventure story with a similar setting/concept that takes a more light-hearted and humorous route!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I enjoyed this as much as Witch Child and Soceress. I look forward to The Fool's Girl and Sovay as well.
Published 3 months ago by Miss Esther West
5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't put down
this book is amazing!!! it is very good as i never got bored and something was always happening. a v. good book.
Published 8 months ago by Theo
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting concept
I quite enjoyed this book. The characters are ok but a little 2 dimensional. The plot moves along at a diverting pace but some of the actions from the main character are just... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Book Worm
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Nicely written book, characters are believable and endearing Celia Rees takes you on an adventure and keeps you wanting to read on. Would definitely recommend.
Published 17 months ago by Sarah Long
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting
As the author of GENTLEMAN OF FORTUNE, The Adventures of Bartholomew Roberts - Pirate, I was eager to read Miss Rees's take on the pirate theme. I was not disappointed. Read more
Published on 9 Oct 2012 by Evelyn
4.0 out of 5 stars A swashbuckling adventure!
Hands up who ever dreamed of being a pirate when they were a kid. Personally, I didn't but thanks to recent movies, such as a certain Pirates of the Caribbean, the whole idea has... Read more
Published on 11 Sep 2012 by Gemma
5.0 out of 5 stars Can read again and again!
This is an amazing book! You are completly transported into Nancy's head and understand her feelings! Read more
Published on 25 May 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I have ever read
wow. This book was so captivating, i have never read anything like it before, and most likely never will. Read more
Published on 25 Aug 2007 by Jamie fan
4.0 out of 5 stars Alright...
This book was often quite exciting, and I enjoyed its twists and turns. However, it felt VERY similar to Pirates of the Caribbean, etc. Read more
Published on 26 Jun 2007 by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Sanitised escapism for teenage girls.
The plot starts plausibly enough, but once we get to the actual pirating. Oh dear. Suffice to say that if you like your battles in the "we were hopelessly outnumbered and I was... Read more
Published on 12 July 2005
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