"Why would any sensible man, especially having known such fearful experiences as I had, ever leave our haven? Yet I did. Again I travelled to that island where I killed Israel Hands. Again I climbed those slopes where my friends once thought I had deserted them in favour of cutthroat mutineers. Indeed, were it not for the great bravery and loyalty of my comrades in those adventures, Dr. Livesey, Squire Trelawney and the redoubtable Captain Smollett, I might have died on Treasure Island - yet I revisited those frightful shores. It seems to go against the credible: why did I return to a place I hated and which haunted my worst dreams?"
One of the greatest adventure stories in all literature is Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. Now, here is a sequel, and a grand book it is. As in the original, the main character is Jim Hawkins; ten years have passed, and Jim is helping his mother run the Admiral Benbow Inn. A mysterious young woman named Grace arrives at the inn with her son and begs for Jim's help without disclosing the motivation. Suffice it to say, he must return to Treasure Island, a place he has come to dread. Complicating things is Jim's attraction to Grace. Various characters Long John Silver, Ben Gunn, and Squire Trelawney, to name a few reappear. There are two separate villains, both of whom chase Jim at various times, providing some very exciting moments. Jim escapes one villain by jumping on a raft into the sea and is rescued days later by the other villain, who (plausibly) does not recognize him. As in the original, there is never a dull moment. (article by Tara Strahl)
Writing careerIn 1981, Frank Delaney's first book, "James Joyce's Odyssey", was published to critical acclaim and became a best-seller in the UK and Ireland. In 1986, he wrote and presented the six-part documentary series "The Celts" for the BBC and its best-selling companion book. Delaney has subsequently written five books of non-fiction (including "Simple Courage"), ten novels (including the bestselling "Ireland," "Venetia Kelly's Traveling Show" and "Tipperary"), one novella, and a number of short stories. He has also edited many compilations of essays and poetry.
Delaney wrote the screenplay for the newest adaptation of "Goodbye, Mr. Chips," which starred Martin Clunes and was shown on ITV in Britain, and Masterpiece Theater in the United States in 2004. He has been published in many of the leading newspapers in the United States, the UK and Ireland, including on the Op-ed pages of The New York Times. He is a frequent public speaker, and has been a contributor and guest on a variety of National Public Radio programs.
On Bloomsday 2010, Delaney launched "Re:Joyce," a series of short weekly podcasts that go page by page through James Joyce's "Ulysses" discussing its allusions, historical context and references. These are housed on www.frankdelaney.com. Delaney offers daily writing tips and hosts writing contests on Twitter @FDbytheword. (from Wikipedia)