July 2020 – Pelsaert travels to regional Victoria; now available in Ballarat
One of Victoria’s most historic regional centres has picked up Pelsaert’s Nightmare.
Collins Booksellers in Lydiard Street, Ballarat, is now stocking the novel (Tel 61-3 5331 7411;
We look forward to engaging with readers in Ballarat, and thank Collins Booksellers for its support.
June 2020 – Good news for Pelsaert's bookstore availability
Despite the current restrictions occasioned by COVID-19, the bookshop availability of Pelsaert’s Nightmare become is becoming more prevalent.
Copies can now be purchased through;
The Hill of Content Bookshop in Melbourne (Tel 61-3 9662 9472;
Paperback Bookshop in Melbourne (Tel 61-3 96621396;
Thesaurus Books in Brighton (Tel 61 3 9591 0811;
The Coventry Bookstore in South Melbourne (Tel 61 3 9686 8200;
Support your local booksellers and stay tuned for additional bookstore information.
May 2020 – Chanticleer Book Review by Skip Ferderber (Washington State, USA)
“We are taken deep into Pelsaert’s story who is dying as the book opens. We get to know him as a Company man, no less dedicated to commerce than any globe-traveling corporate soldier of our own times. But as the story of the Batavia unfolds, we also see the politics of the era, an understanding of the competing political forces in the 1600s ransacking the world for treasure and spices—the Dutch, Spanish, and English—entities no less complicated but far more vicious and venal than today’s international trade warriors. The truth be told, these times were hellish. Deaths, almost unimaginable tortures, and barbarism were rampant in this era, and the novel spares the reader few details of them.
“Even as Pelsaert provides us with a detailed accounting of the Batavia disaster, written in graphic and often profane language, he also stares deeply into his own complex past, jumping in time from past to present and back again. We see how a road warrior of those times thought and acted, as unsparing of himself as he is of his contemporaries. You may not ultimately like the Company man, but he will treat you to a reading experience of a world both far removed from our own and yet sadly familiar.”
Read the full review.