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The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists
on 21 April 2012
Excellent book for kids from 10 years to 99 I'd guess. Good old comic fantasy fiction, verging on the surrealistic.
I believe it's been made into an Ardman animation, however I prefer books as they stretch my imagination - films are someone else's immagination! For scientists think mainly Darwin (and Capt Fitzroy on the Beagle) though there is a brief visit to the Royal Society that lasts one chapter. The Bishop of Oxford gets some bad press from Darwin, however this is one of the chronological inaccuracies in this story (it was many years before his Origin of the Species was written and the subsequent arguments), but then it is all made up by Gideon Defoe isn't it? Surely he's allowed some poetic license!!
I didn't quite get the obsession with "ham", but then a Pirate probably lives on his/her stomach when they aren't hunting for treasure.
Bob the reviewer is in his sixties.......