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Canvas Flying, Seagulls Crying
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 January 2015
I'm a bit of an addict for "we gave it all but for a life with a goat" literature and am constantly disappointed with either dull descriptions, poor comedy or flawed jeopardy. (And often all three.) But Justin's book (the second part of the series) does not disappoint. He moves from elegantly describing some natural phenomena or landscape to skewering the listener with a really pithy line. Example : "I am not a man who opens his wallet while whistling a merry tune", that made me choke on the toothpaste listening in the bathroom just this morning. It really did remind me of classic Wodehouse at times.
The bit with the nudists, and the chance meeting with Bill Clinton in a fish market (spoiler alert, its not Bill, its Justin!) are just some stand out points (spoiler alert : its those nudists again).
Its also a bloody good read about the sea, sailing and all things nautical, if that's what floats your boat. Note: I discovered this without reading book one (a situation I am going to correct soon) so it reads well as a stand alone book without knowing what happened in book one.
My main criticism? The reader on audible insists on pronouncing "bouy" not as "boy" but as "boo-ee". For the American market perhaps? A small moan. Buy this book, either as an audio book or one of those old fangled paper things, and you wont be disappointed. Its a lovely read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 September 2014
A well written book with rich descriptions which paint humorous and colourful pictures of the characters the author encounters on his travels. My only criticism is that large chunks of the main characters life are missed out so it becomes more a collection of witty observations than a coherent story. Would also like more details on what they did each day and how they blended into the community on the remote Scottish island they ended up on. However I really enjoyed reading it and was rather sad when it had ended. Well worth reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 August 2014
Justin's latest book was well worth waiting for and again took me back to places that I had also sailed to many years ago. Nostalgia, with great humour by a sailor that can laugh with you at his misfortunes whilst you secretly can admit "that happened to me". The narrative is enhanced by his pen pictures of people and places he visited on voyage, and ,of course, by his fine detailed sketches. Looking forward to the next book with anticipation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 September 2014
What a superb book a real page turner! It follows very well Justin's first book Phoenix from the ashes. You feel you are on the boat with Justin and his wife living their adventures with them. Whilst I am an acknowledged nautical junky I also have a great love of good crime fiction and Justin has the knack of compelling you to wonder what comes next,a trait good crime fiction always has. I look forward to further books from this talented author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 August 2014
I have the advantage of knowing Justin and his wife, Linda, reasonably well, but I don't think I'm biased in saying that this book is, quite simply, a joy to read.

Whether it is a story or a collection of anecdotes is irrelevant; in fact this perfectly reflects their lives and is what makes them such fun to be with or read about.

I found myself gasping at the near-misses; being a fellow cruiser, I know the feelings of panic and sweet relief that Justin describes. I also found myself constantly smiling, laughing even, occasionally at times when strangers nearby possibly questioned my sanity, as Justin meanders through his tales.

If you sail, you will love it; if you dream of sailing, you will love it; if you have never set foot on a boat and never intend to, you will still love it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 December 2014
A witty look at life living aboard a wooden boat in Scotland, and Falmouth. If like me you also sail in these places, you will recognise many of the anchorages and characters that Justin describes.

Justin's wit had me laughing out loud, but his flair for description had my wife complaining, because I kept interrupting her reading with "Just listen to this..."

I was given this wonderful book for my birthday - Justin's other book, Phoenix from the Ashes, is on my Christmas list. If the hints I've been giving haven't worked, I'll just have to buy it myself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 January 2015
Justin tells a story well - beautiful descriptions of the places they lived and sailed, mixed with humorous stories of the people they met along the way and the situations encountered. I enjoy reading about people's real life journeys. This book covers slow meanderings around some of my favourite parts of Britain and France together with some delightfully told anecdotes of the writer's journey through life. The style and combination worked for me. It will appeal to sailors and non-sailors alike.Thanks, Justin, for a great read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 July 2014
Waited a year for the sequel but it was worth it!
After reading the first book (Phoenix from the ashes), I wanted to know more about those wonderful, adventures people. The second book “Canvas flying, seagulls crying” did fill the gap perfectly. The book is written in the typical “Justin” style, a cocktail of Nautical terms (and slang), humour and sometimes going deep into the human heart… Love it! Can we have part three please, ASAP!
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on 23 July 2015
I dived straight into this book after reading the first. It's just as lovely, funny and interesting. Like the first book, I've had countless moments where I've had to put my kindle down mid-read to finish enjoying the giggles that had sneaked up on me. This came from authors understated turn of phrase combined with his obvious enjoyment of the ridiculous human condition which includes his own behaviour, that of his lovely wife as well as countless characters they meet on their travels and inspires you to want to go on an adventure with them. Or at least get drunk in a cosy pub somewhere in their company if you're not partial to camping in the sea in Scotland in the middle of winter. We do sail and I'm obsessed with boats, but I'd suggest that's not a mandatory requirement to thoroughly enjoy this book. It's about life, being human and finding bucket loads of humour, opportunity, interest and achievement through the odd tricky time or sad moment. Please keep writing Mr Tyres and I wish you both many happy (safe) adventures in the future!
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on 11 April 2015
Ride Justin, Linda and Caol Islas bow wave of adventure as they set sail on an envious journey through life, water and land.
Pheonix From The Ashes and Canvas Flying Seagulls Crying are essential reading for anyone searching for the most romantic and character building way to live their lives, be that in reality or just plain fantasy.
Justin writes with laugh out loud humor, but he also delivers a narrative that takes you to the heart of the drama and joy that this chapter in his life has seen.
I love these books and I hope a third will join them one day. 5 out of 5.
"She wants an oak coffee table. Can you do one for a tenner?"
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