I have a long association with the ocean, having emigrated twice to Australia by sea, and travelled by ship many times. My children's book 'The Cat and the Captain' is about Matthew Flinders and his cat, Trim. Flinders explored and charted the coast of Australia between 1801 and 1803 and gave the continent its name. Trim, his black and white cat, braved high seas, shipwreck and capture by the French alongside him. Flinders so valued the companionship of Trim that he wrote 'A Biographical Tribute to the Memory of Trim' in 1808. There are more statues of Trim in Australia, the UK and Mauritius than of any other cat in the world.
I am currently completing a memoir about my experiences as a cruise ship doctor under the title 'Sea Sick'.
Will Matthew Flinders find fame and fortune? This intrepid explorer is the first man to circumnavigate Australia in 1801 accompanied by his faithful cat, Trim. Faced with a leaking ship, stormy seas, sickness and an unknown land Matthew and Trim overcome every obstacle until they are shipwrecked on the Great Barrier Reef. Their adventures don’t stop there. Saved from shipwreck they sail to Mauritius where they are imprisoned by the French as spies. What will become of them?