Perhaps the greatest of all adventure stories for boys and girls, Treasure Island began, a brave boy who finds himself among pirates, and of the sinister pirate-cook Long John Silver holds children as entranced today as it did a century ago. It has appeared with illustrations by many leading artists, but none so apt as Peake's--first published in 1949 and out of print until now.
David Cordingly is the author of Under the Black Flag and Women Sailors and Sailors' Women. He lives in Sussex, England.
"Over Treasure Island I let my fire die in winter without knowing I was freezing."