Treasure Island

By  Robert Louis Stevenson

About the Book 

Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!

A weathered old sailor known as Billy Bones arrives at the inn of young Jim Hawkins’s parents - and it is the start of an adventure beyond anything he could have imagined. For when Bones dies mysteriously, Jim stumbles across a map of a mysterious island in his sea chest - where ‘X’ marks the spot of a stash of buried pirate gold.

Setting sail with his friends on the ship Hispaniola to recover the treasure, Jim soon realizes that he’s not the only one who knows about the hoard. Suddenly he is thrown into a world of treachery, mutiny, castaways and murder and, at the centre of it all, is the charming but sinister Long John Silver, who will stop at nothing to grab his share of the loot...

The story grew out of a map that led to imaginary treasure, devised during a holiday in Scotland by Stevenson and his nephew.Stevenson's first full-length work of fiction brought him immediate fame and continues to captivate readers of all ages.

What we thinkRobert Louis Stevenson Knox Series

“The classic adventure of Long John Silver and X marking the spot of buried treasure. Treasure Island is every bit as brilliant as its reputation – you’ll find it impossible not be drawn in by the pirate life!”

More by Robert Louis Stevenson...

Kidnapped
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
The Black Arrow
The Master of Ballantrae

Author biography

Edinburgh-born Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) began his writing career as an essayist and travel writer, but the success of TREASURE ISLAND (1883) and KIDNAPPED (1886) established his reputation for tales of adventure and action. During the final years of his life, Stevenson's creative range developed and he wrote 'The Beach of Falesa' and began 'The Weir of Hermiston'.

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