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A High Wind in Jamaica

UK Publisher: Vintage / Random House

Published to great acclaim in 1929, this classic bestseller did away with Victorian sentimental visions of childhood and paved the way for later works such as Golding’s Lord of the Flies.

Set against a tropical landscape and the ever-present sea, A High Wind in Jamaica tells the story of a family of English children who, on being sent by their parents back to England from Jamaica, fall into the hands of pirates. As this voyage of innocence continues, the events which unfold begin to take on a savagely detached and almost haunting quality.