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An extraordinary, terrifying, moving, spiritual voyage
on 28 July 2004
This adventurous, wondrous journey along Britain's western seaboard never flinches from the physical horrors: sea sickness has never been so well described; and there are storms which make you thankful to be an armchair sailor. But Nicolson also allows us to feel the extraordinary enormity of the sea and the spirituality which goes with it. His nights being drenched by storms are complemented by peaceful walks on tiny islands and intriguing encounters with people on land and at sea.
The process of sailing has its own language and rules, which unfurl like a poem, and the lyrical yet bold style takes us beyond one man's voyage into something much larger and more universal.