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Rosie Darling [Paperback]

Rosie Swale
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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; New edition edition (12 July 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330240005
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330240000
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 449,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Top O' The Mornin'! 31 Mar 2005
Rosie Swale, young, blonde and pretty, cut a swathe through hip London pub society in the mid-to-late 1960's and was most famous for sailing round much of the world with her husband, Colin and child (and having another baby delivered while on board) on a catamaran. Unlike the po-faced media yachtswomen of today, she was full of joie de vivre, very feminine and just a little bit crazy! A sense of adventure, devil may care, the world my oyster might all describe her. This is her tale of her early life up to and including her famous family yachting and globetrotting.

Rosie was born and brought up largely by an aunt in a kind of genteel poverty in a country house in Southern Ireland. Her childhood seems to have been for the most part rather idyllic and not at all marred --rather the contrary-- by the fact (amusingly described in the book) that she seems to have had an affair with a kind of local character of forty or fifty years when she was, as she writes, "very young" (about eleven or twelve).

Rosie applies to be a model in London but leaves when she realizes the kind of pictures wanted. Broke in Paddington, she somehow gets a freelance feature reporter job; she ends up going to places like Leningrad for a week for a tabloid newspaper. Somehow, she gets by despite, typically, losing her expense monies. Indeed, Rosie ALWAYS scrapes by, with grace and a laugh. There is something, even at a distance of thity or forty years, refreshing and charming about Rosie Swale.

She hitchhikes across Asia in the hippie ways of the day, not without getting raped in Iran, along with her friend. This unpleasant event, however, seems to anger her more than anything and she soon bounces back, at least superficially.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Quite an Adventure 26 Mar 2003
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This book should be read by any woman who is considering packing her bags and venturing out into the world. "Rosie Darling" has been written in a very simplistic, matter of fact style. This refreshing style of writing places the reader into the mind of Ms. Swale as she journeys through foreign countries and jumps hurdles to overcome the problems of being a young independent woman.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Funny, but a bit old-fashioned 22 July 2008
There are so many books to read, and so little time. I wouldn't have taken the time to finish this book, if I hadn't met Rosie Swale Pope (formerly Rosie Swale) on her present run around the World. She is (still) a very fascinating person, and it is interesting to read about her life as a girl and a young woman 40 years ago.
Still, I don't recommend this book to "new-comers", but if you've already met Rosie, it is good fun. And I sure will purchase her upcoming book about the run.
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4.0 out of 5 stars As Above. 9 Jan 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was quite happy to get this 'fairly rare ' book, having read Rosie's most recent story. It was a very good read.
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