"Battersby provides convincing answers ... he uncovers the true and compelling story of a very remarkable self-made adventurer."--Peter Shawn Taylor "Maclean's "
"The book is painstakingly researched and well written."--Alberta History
..". the book thoroughly engaged me ... and if naval history or the Franklin Expedition are your interests, you'll want to add James Fitzjames to your collection."--Hubert O'Hearn "Chronicle-Journal "
" a well crafted, highly readable biography. It will appeal not only to those intrigued by the fate of the Franklin expedition, but also to naval historians with a focus on the Royal Navy in the first half of the 19th century, and to members of the general public with a taste for mysteries."
The book thoroughly engaged me if naval history or the Franklin Expedition are your interests, youll want to add James Fitzjames to your collection.--Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal
This well-written book is a bravura example of what might be termed forensic history and a rewarding read for anyone interested in the social history of the Royal Navy--The Northern Mariner
"This engrossing book by William Battersby is well worth reading."--BC History
A lively man with a wicked sense of humour, James Fitzjames joined the Franklin Expedition at the age of 32. While he never returned, he left behind a legacy of misinformation, half-truths, and adventures that the author wades through to create a great portrait of this brave Royal Navy hero.