Author Tessa Duder celebrates James Cook's map-making skills in a new family-friendly book timed for the 250th anniversary of his landing. Her young adult classic Alex is being reprinted next month.

1 Why did you decide to write a book about Cook's map of New Zealand?

I became a square rig enthusiast through my former husband John Duder. I've sailed on the Spirit of New Zealand and always heard mariners talk about what an incredible achievement it was for Cook to make such an accurate chart in such a cumbersome boat that could barely go windward. He had no chronometer,

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