Philosopher Jack

Af: R. M. Ballantyne



Young student Jack is high-spirited, impulsive, and prone to rash decisions. When his father writes to him to explain that he has run out of money, Jack decides to join the gnarly old seafarer Captain Samson aboard the Lively Poll and seek new adventures on the high seas. Not long into the journey they encounter a ferocious storm, and the crew of the Lively Poll find themselves shipwrecked and adrift in the open ocean. Plenty of danger, excitement and adventure await in this swashbuckling tale from the much-loved children’s author R.M. Ballantyne. R.M. Ballantyne (1825-1894) was a Scottish artist and prolific author of mostly children’s fiction. Born in Edinburgh, Ballantyne was the ninth of ten children. At the age of 16 Ballantyne moved to Canada, where he worked for the Hudson’s Bay Company, travelling all over the country to trade for fur. He returned to Scotland in 1847 following the death of his father, and it was then that he began his literary career in earnest, writing over 100 children’s adventure books over the course of his life. Stories such as ‘The Coral Island’ and ‘The Young Fur Traders’ were hugely popular, and many of them drew on his own experiences of travelling throughout Canada. A stickler for detail, Ballantyne continued to travel widely to research the backgrounds and settings for his exciting stories. His tales became an inspiration for authors of the future, including ‘Treasure Island’ novelist Robert Louis Stevenson. Ballantyne spent the latter period of his life living in London and Italy for the sake of his health. He died in Rome in 1894 at the age of 68.

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