The Book Launch for Eastern Voyages was held in front of the ‘Windjammers Statue’ at the Australian National Maritime Museum with the 1874 barque James Craig in the background. Commodore Christopher Rynd kindly performed the honours and below is the text from his speech:

“I grew up in the Far East and can recall from the early age hearing of Joseph Conrad. Later on, in going to sea and learning my business as a seaman officer in ships of trade I came to appreciate Conrad as the author who wrote with an authenticity that only one who has experience at sea and in command can.

In this book Ian brings his own unique knowledge of the geography and history of the Indonesian archipelago, of Malaya and Singapore, to enrich Conrad’s experiences and stories. Already the author of five books, the result of his own life and travels in this part of the world and the study of its history, Ian Burnet brings to this this book on Conrad and his Eastern Voyages a renewed appreciation of Conrad whose personal history is as fascinating as any character in his stories.

Ian’s book has made me appreciate afresh what an astute  and perceptive observer Conrad was and of his writing style, crafted with the labour that only another author can appreciate. As a naturalised British citizen he wrote from a unique perspective of an outsider and wrote so well, in what was his third language, that his books were considered as English classics within his own lifetime.

As Ian Burnet has written in the first sentence of this book ‘The life of Josef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski reads like an adventure story, an adventure story written by somebody like Joseph Conrad’.

I warmly commend this book to you. And declare it launched”

Photographs are courtesy of Cathy Morrison and John Cardelli


About ianburnet

Author of the book, Spice Islands. Which tells the History, Romance and Adventure of the spice trade from the Moluccas in Eastern Indonesia over a period of 2000 years. Author of the book, East Indies.Which tells the history of the struggle between the Portuguese Crown, the Dutch East India Company and the English East India Company for supremacy in the Eastern Seas. Author of the book 'Archipelago - A Journey Across Indonesia'. Author of the book 'Where Australia Collides with Asia' Author of the book 'The Tasman Map'. Author of the book 'Eastern Voyages'.
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4 Responses to EASTERN VOYAGES – Book Launch

  1. Richard Orr says:

    Wonderful stuff Ian
    You certainly choose the right Topics
    The Joseph Conrad story fits neatly into your previous books on the Spice Islands
    I can’t wait to get a copy
    Best Regards,
    Richard Orr

  2. ianburnet says:

    Thank you Richard. There was meant to be a last chapter in the book where, together with someone like yourself, I voyaged up the Berau River in East Kalimantan to the village that became the setting for Joseph Conrad’s first books. Unfortunately Covid intervened but perhaps we could still do that someday.

  3. Alex Olah says:

    Congrats on your new book, Ian!!! Well done.

  4. ianburnet says:

    Thanks Alex. As the first sentence in the book reads – ‘The life of Jozef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski reads like an adventure story, an adventure story written by somebody like Joseph Conrad.’

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