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The Last Hero: Bill Tilman, a Biography of the Explorer Hardcover – Sep 1995

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books (Sept. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898864526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898864526
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.2 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 877,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bob Comlay on 29 May 2009
Format: Hardcover
As another of Tilman's crew - I sailed with him twice - it always surprised me that Madge didn't have the simple courtesy to contact me during his 'research' for this rather biased view. But then I suspected that he would have known that I'd have little sympathy for the opinion he's been known to express in the popular yachting press of the man as 'a wrecker of pilot cutters'. As Andrew has already noted in a previous review - hold on to your money and invest instead in the omnibus editions of Tilman's own books.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. W. Polkinghorne on 17 Mar. 2010
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This could have been a so much better piece of work about a fascinating subject. But it isn't. If , as the author states, he had access, thought Bill's neice Pam of all Tilmans papers and letters, a lot of answers to puzling periods of this subject could have been answered. An example - Baroque, Tilmans third Pilot Cutter was by his own ommision a pig in a poke. The urban myth is that Tillman did't care about such things, but this one he did have professionally surveyed before buying it. It had such a bad survey that the vendor lowered the price. Presumably that survey would have been with Tilmans papers, and also invoices to get all the things repaired. This would have given us some true idea of just how bad a state Baroque was in. The authour blindly repeats the myth that Bill was parsimonious about the care and conditio of his ships. Careful rooting through his pages must surely had turned up documents and letters of this time.
Far too much of this book is just a regugitation of large chunks of Tilmans own books. Thats no way to write a biography, and smacks of making money out of a deceased author. There is absolutely nothing new or original in this book, and any comments on Tilmans character have been interpreted from the books, not further research. A truly dissapointing biography
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. Craig-bennett on 15 Mar. 2008
Format: Hardcover
I sailed with Tilman.

I turned to the pages covering the voyage that I had crewed on, and was startled to see that Tim Madge had invented a scene that never happened.

The most charitable interpretation that I can muster is that Mr Madge does not understand Tilman's humour.

I also knew Simon Richardson, and was invited to join the En Avant; Madge's description of the boat is unfair.

Save your money and buy the omnibus editions of Tilman's own books, which happily are also available from Amazon.
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