The Pirates! In An Adventure With The Romantics by Gideon Defoe
(Bloomsbury, 2012)

The Pirates! In An Adventure With The Romantics

by Gideon Defoe

Having already had exciting adventures with Charles Darwin, Captain Ahab, Karl Marx, and Napoleon Bonaparte, our nautical heroes’ latest encounter is with no less than the literary greats of their age: the swaggering Lord Byron, the oddly shifty Percy Shelley - and his beautiful young wife Mary.

Together they embark upon a quest that will take them from the bowels of Oxford all the way to a forbidding Transylvanian castle. A quest that forces the Pirate Captain to confront some important questions: what is the secret behind his mysterious belly tattoo? How do Charles Babbage and a lost treatise by Plato fit into all of this? Is “Zombuloid, the corpse-beast that walks like a man” a better name for a monster than “Gorgo, the terrible fungus”? And, most importantly, what happens when the Pirate Captain finally falls in love?

Women in diaphanous nighties running down corridors! Brooding men with dark hair! Low cut smocks! The Pirates! in an Adventure with The Romantics contains all that stuff, as well as a bit where the Pirate Captain dresses up as a sexy fireman!


Gideon Defoe definitively puts the "Ho ho!" - and indeed, the "Yo!" - into pirating.”
- Caitlin Moran
Enid Blyton might have written Pirates! after a night in an opium den.”
- Publishers Weekly
Silly, charming, unique and hilarious all at once.”
- Chris Addison