Ebury Press, 1st.ed., 2002. Vii + 376 pp., ills. D.j., 24 x 16cm. MINT. The author sets out to write an intimate biography of Captain Cook ; an historical figure that has fascinated her since childhood. She wanted to paint a more detailed portrait of James Cook than had been achieved before. She describes a gentle man who was loved by his seamen ; coped somehow with the loss of six children ; and treated the indigenous people he met with with a convention-shattering decency. During her research she was startled to make a discovery of her own. She found that a hundred years ago, a descendant, George Collingridge, of whom she knew nothing, had set out on the same journey but ended up claiming that the Portuguese and not Cook discovered Australia ; a claim that damaged his career and reputation but a controversy that lives on. PART BIOGRAPHY AND PART HISTORICAL MYSTERY SURROUNDING CAPTAIN COOK.