‘An excellent account… Willoughbyland is popular history at its best’ Literary Review
‘Parker has trawled the letters and literature, and travelled out to Suriname, and the result is a miniature masterpiece….this is a truly extraordinary tale and, in Parker’s hands, it’s beautifully told. With great wit and scholarship he reveals — just for a moment — a cruel and curious world, before it vanishes again beneath the trees’ The Spectator
Matthew Parker’s new book, Willoughbyland, is a fantastically gripping tale of Restoration daring-do with an incredible cast of real-life characters. It is the untold story of England’s lost colony: a seventeenth-century tale of empire, El Dorado and violent rebellion, of spies, trickery and forbidden love.
Here, Matthew introduces us to the wild world of Willoughbyland.