Many books have been written about St Helena and its most famous resident, the exiled Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.
The episode has been so intensively researched that it is rare for a fresh, unpublished account to come to light.
Yet Dr James Verling's St Helena journal is just such a source.
Verling was based on St Helena during Napoleon's imprisonment and he was even appointed as Napoleon's official physician.
Throughout his stay, this young doctor kept a vivid diary of his experiences.
Through Verling's eyes we get a fresh view of daily life on the island and of the suspicion-filled society that grew up around Napoleon during his last years.Received the PRESIDENT'S CHOICE AWARD from the INTERNATIONAL NAPOLEONIC SOCIETY as a 'significant contribution to Napoleonic studies'