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Fantastic tale of adventure and endurance
on 26 March 2004
The Caliban Shore is one of those extraordinary stories that you comes across rarely, but which makes you marvel at the incredulity of what happened to a disparate band of (predominantly) Brits who were wrecked off the coast of Africa in 1782, hundreds of miles from the nearest Europeans and entirely ignorant of the people or land into which they had inadvertently blundered. As they try and work their way down to the Dutch settlements in the far south they begin to realise that none of them might make it out of this strange land.
Stephen Taylor does an excellent job of piecing together all the fragmentary truths, rumours and myths surrounding the Grosvenor castaways and weaving a fascinating narrative of what the ordeal was like for those who had to endure it. The story throws up many heroes and villains, mysteries and startling truths. It also provides an interesting account of the state of Indian colonial society in the 18th century and the state of the tribes of South Africa at the same time. Definitely well worth a read.