The Night Ship by Jess Kidd (Canongate, 2023)
The Night Ship by Jess Kidd. (ISBN: 9781838856502, hardback.) The story flits between 1628, when Mayken sets out on a long sea journey to find her father, and 1989, when young Gil, living on an isolated island off the Australian coast, suffers the loss of his mother. Mayken, travelling on the Batavia, uncovers secrets above and below deck as tensions onboard spiral into mutiny; Gil, living in a small fishing community, in the care of his reclusive grandfather, is bullied and vulnerable. The tales interweave and emotions go through a switchback of fear and hope.