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Samurai William: The Adventurer Who Unlocked Japan

Giles Milton

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Prose: non-fiction, History

Bestselling author of NATHANIEL'S NUTMEG, Giles Milton, takes us on a fascinating Jacobean adventure.

In 1611 an astonishing letter arrived at the the East India Trading Company in London after a tortuous seven-year journey. Englishman William Adams was one of only twenty-four survivors of a fleet of ships bound for Asia, and he had washed up in the forbidden land of Japan.

The traders were even more amazed to learn that, rather than be horrified by this strange country, Adams had fallen in love with the barbaric splendour of Japan - and decided to settle. He had forged a close friendship with the ruthless Shogun, taken a Japanese wife and sired a new, mixed-race family.
Adams' letter fired up the London merchants to plan a new expedition to the Far East, with designs to trade with the Japanese and use Adams' contacts there to forge new commercial links.

SAMURAI WILLIAM brilliantly illuminates a world whose horizons were rapidly expanding eastwards.

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Praise for Samurai William: The Adventurer Who Unlocked Japan

  • Told with Stevensonian gusto ... A revelation - Jane Gardam, Spectator

  • Anyone who enjoyed Shogun ... will love this - Lancashire Evening Post

  • Samurai William is a great read and fairly romps along - What's On

  • A page-turner of a book... an accessible, well-crafted piece of popularised history. - Allan Spence, The Scotsman

  • Giles Milton has once again shown himself to be a master of historical narrative... a gripping tale of Jacobean derring-do, a fizzing, real-life, Boys' Own adventure underpinned by genuine scholarship. - Katie Hickman, The Sunday Times

  • Giles Milton again expertly navigating the eastern seas - Economist

  • Milton has brought the era to life, conveying nuances of character and the values of the time. - The Sunday Times

  • The thoroughness and intelligence of his research underpins the lively confidence with which he deploys it. - The Times Literary Supplement

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Giles Milton

Giles Milton is a writer and historian. He is the internationally bestselling author of Nathaniel's Nutmeg, Big Chief Elizabeth, The Riddle and the Knight, White Gold, Samurai William, Paradise Lost, Wolfram and Russian Roulette. He has also written three novels and three children's books. His books have been translated into twenty languages. He lives in south London.

Find out more about Giles and his books on his website, www.gilesmilton.com, and Wikipedia page, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giles_Milton, follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/survivehistory and like him on Facebook at facebook.com/pages/Giles-Milton-Writer/121068034610842.

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