GREAT CIRCLE Sam Llewellyn 1987
Sam Llewellyn’s sailing-based novels were nearly all penned in the 1980s and 1990 ands have had a place on my ‘favourite reading’ bookshelf since each was published. At least once every couple of years I reach down a couple of the now dog-eared paperbacks and take them with me on holiday and despite having read all of them at least twice they are still as enjoyable today as they were twenty years ago, perhaps partly because they are set in the era of my own serious sailing days.
GREAT CIRCLE is unlike most of the Llewellyn’s books, it is not a thriller, murder mystery although there is still action and skulduggery aplenty; but follows the crews of several racing yachts on a fictitious Round the World Race, their trials and dangers, relationships, loves and the dangerous politics behind the large ocean races. As virtually all of the action in the novel takes place at sea or around boats and as usual Llewellyn’s knowledge and experience of sailing shine through with well crafted nautical descriptions that are couched to appeal equally to the sailor and the armchair yachtsman.
This is perhaps my favourite of this authors fiction works and as most of the action is set at sea has probably dated a little less than his thrillers.
An excellent absorbing read which is worth buying reading and keeping tol revisit after a couple of years.