8 Books About Pirates

Avast! Pull up a chair and lose yourself in these high-seas adventures

Pirates have a peculiar history and image. Once upon a time they were equal parts patriots and opportunists, preying on Spanish ships in the name of Good Queen Bess. They soon became much feared (and then much romanticised) ocean-going biker gangs, plundering where they pleased and beating up on the little guys. Now, they've gone high-tech, using sophisticated methods and gadgets to capture vessels and cargo worth millions. Literature has always loved a pirate; here are a just a few great books that feature them.

List created by

Brianne Moore

Brianne is a website editor with Scottish Book Trust

Tags: pirates, sea