- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd; New impression edition (10 Dec. 1979)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 043630600X
- ISBN-13: 978-0436306006
- Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14.6 x 3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,079,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Last Grain Race Hardcover – 10 Dec 1979
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‘Enthralling – I know of no other book about square-riggers that gives such a lively account of the daily round of men in the fo’c’sle’ Sunday Times
‘Indescribably pungent … impossible to read without laughing’ Observer
‘Mr Newby proves himself to be a first-rate writer … Years have dulled nothing of the spirit of his first voyage; he gives exactly the feel of working a tall ship in hard conditions; he did not just see these things; he felt and can convey them; the crew of “Moshulu” live, move and are real human beings – and go on living when the book is closed’ Times Literary Supplement--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
ERIC NEWBY was born in London in 1919 and was educated at St Paul’s School. In 1938, he joined the four-masted Finnish barque ‘Moshulu’ as an apprentice and sailed in the last Grain Race from Ireland by way of Australia and Cape Horn. During World War II, he served in the Black Watch and the Special Boat Section. In 1942, he was captured and remained a prisoner-of-war until 1945. He subsequently married the girl who helped him escape, and for the next fifty years, his wife Wanda was at his side on many adventures. After the war, his world expanded still further – into the fashion business and book publishing. Whatever else he was doing, Newby always travelled on a grand scale, either under his own steam or as the Travel Editor for the Observer. He was made a CBE in 1994 and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award of the British Guild of Travel Writers in 2001. Eric Newby died in 2006.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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This is the account of Eric Newby's experiences as an apprentice on one of the last 4 masted sailing barques, on a round trip to Australia just before the 2nd World War. It is very well written, and a foretaste of his illustrious travel writing career. It is a direct and vivid link to the harsh world of life on a large working sailing vessel, manned by very few sailors, and passing through some of the most inhospitable seas of the Southern Ocean. It makes today's gap year experiences rather trivial. It is well illustrated by Newby's own photograph, and as a tailpiece carries a sail and rigging plan of his ship, the Moshulu.
I thoroughly recommend it to anyone interested in the sea, sailing vessels, and/or the work of Eric Newby, one of the finest travel writers of his generation.
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Terrific book though sometimes confusing with all the nautical termsPublished 3 months ago by Ikey2
In 1938 Eric Newby was a bored 18-year-old working in a London advertising agency. When it lost an account, many of his colleagues were sacked. To his disgust, he wasn’t. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mike Robbins