The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper


Cinrak the Dapper is a keeper of secrets, a righter of wrongs, the saltiest capybara on the sea and a rider of both falling stars and a great glass whale.

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Dapper. Lesbian. Capybara. Pirate.

2021 Sir Julius Vogel Award Winner for Best Collected Work
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Join Cinrak, her beloveds, the rat Queen Orvilia and the marmot diva Loquolchi, lead soprano of the Theatre Rat-oyal, her loyal cabin kit, Benj the chinchilla, and Agnes, last of the great krakens, as they hunt for treasures of all kinds and find adventures beyond their wildest dreams. Let Sir Julius Vogel Award-winning storyteller A.J. Fitzwater take you on a glorious journey about finding yourself, discovering true love and exploring the greatest secrets of the deep. Also, dapperness.

The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper includes seven stories about Cinrak and her crew:

  • Young Cinrak
  • Perfidy at the Felidae Isles
  • The Wild Ride of the Untamed Stars
  • Search for the Heart of the Ocean
  • The Hirsute Pursuit
  • Cetaceous Secrets of the Jewelled Nadit
  • Flight of the Hydro Chorus

Set sail today!

A.J. Fitzwater Reading from The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper

Why you'll love The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper

A. J. Fitzwater has written a beautiful, hopeful, light-filled and joyous book!

This mosaic title is filled with anthropomorphic rodents, sea creatures, mer folk and... cats. It will more than make you smile.

With a swashbuckling capybara pirate captain and chinchilla kraken-communicating ship's mate adventuring with their pure hearts to... bearded islands... you'll never want this adventure to end!


A refreshing set of short fantasy tales that manage to be progressive and most of all a celebration of life. I heartily recommend these stories and hope you take to the high seas again soon!

Runalong The Shelves

A.J. Fitzwater has crafted a fun and delightful story focused on characters, that while not entirely human in appearance, have wonderfully human personalities.

The Nerdy Girl Express

There's something very soft and cuddly about these stories, in which krakens can become allies, stars can be freed from their royal captivity and sent back to the heavens, and pirates make for the most successful diplomats to all the various creatures of the earth (even the felines!)

Nerds of a Feather

The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper had me at hello. I knew only this when I bought it: that it was about a dapper, lesbian, capybara pirate. It was enough.


News about The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper

There's a new addition to Cinrak's crew. Author AJ Fitzwater has penned a new extra, a very personal essay, describing their journey.

Don your favourite dapper waistcoat! Gather your Chinchilla ship’s mate and Kraken companion! Weigh anchor! And set sail for… Beard Island…?

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A.J. Fitzwater

AJ Fitzwater lives between the cracks of Christchurch, New Zealand. Their work focuses on feminist and queer themes, and has appeared in venues of repute such as Clarkesworld, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Shimmer, Giganotosaurus, GlitterShip, and in various anthologies. They are the author of rodent pirate escapades in The Voyages of Cinrak the Dapper, and the WW2 land girls shape-shifter novella No Man’s Land. With a background in radio, AJ lends their voice to podcast narrations, including for the Escape Artists universe. They enjoy maintaining a collection of bow ties.

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