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Souhami's (Selkirk's Island) new book is difficult to categorize as travel literature. By her own admission, her narrative voice is "invented" and the account of her voyage "half-remembered, half-imagined and open to interpretation." Souhami weaves factual details about the original mutiny on the HMS Bounty(in passages that are well written and fascinating) with an account of present-day troubles and trials (literally) of Pitcairn Islanders. But she adds to this mix a fictionalized storyline of her journey to Pitcairn that falls flat; bordering on wacky but without charm or humor, this story line is at odds with the tone of the rest of the book. Souhami does offer an intriguing exploration of the concept of chaos theory, how one chance act has an effect through time, in this case master's mate Fletcher Christian's taking of a coconut on the Bounty-followed by a reprisal from the infamous Captain Bligh, a mutiny, the settlement of Pitcairn, and the tribulations that island and its people have endured since. Overall, however, the fact/fiction format is not successful. Not recommended.