The literary life of EDWARD JAMES, author,reviewer, occasional poet and former pension adviser to the government of Kyrgyzstan
Freedom’ Pilgrim was published yesterday on Amazon Kindle, price £2.99
I gave it the sub-title A Tudor Odyssey because the theme is as old as Homer and probably as old as Mankind – Coming Home.
It is the story of an English boy, Miles Phillips, who was marooned on the coast of Mexico in Indian territory in 1568 at the age of 14. It took him 17 years to get home after many bizarre adventures, including being condemned by the Inquisition at the Auto da Fe in Mexico City in 1574. Unlike Odysseus he had no Penelope awaiting him in England so he brought home his Circe, although she had to hide her true identity.
The story is based on one of the stories in Richard Hakluyt’s Principal Navigations of the English Nation first published in 1589. I have another story based on Hakluyt awaiting publication, this time set in Arctic Russia, The Frozen Dream.
You can read extracts of Freedom’s Pilgrim on my post of the same name which I published yesterday.