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  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (18 July 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 1496097548
  • ISBN-13: 978-1496097545
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 330,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hybrid daughter of an American mother and English father who were undecided where to live, Di Beach crossed the Atlantic four times by the age of ten. These early experiences are probably responsible for awakening her innate itinerant tendency. It would also explain why she turned her back on Oxford in favour of marrying architect Rod Pickering and enduring the pelagic adventures described in the “The Ocean Voyager and Me”. Rod and Di married in Uganda where he had his first job. Their daughter was born in Kampala and, at the end of Rod's tour, they built an ocean-going yacht with the dhow builders of Lamu. They voyaged for five years, adding a second daughter in South Africa. Some years later, Rod disappeared under strange circumstances while crossing the Atlantic. He was missing presumed dead but Di and her two daughters' lives were severely disrupted when an anonymous telephone call informed them that he was still alive. Nothing is known and the mystery is unsolved. Di lived in San Francisco for fifteen years after Rod disappeared. She tried a corporate career but failed miserably. Remembering what she had forgotten to do in her rush to explore the world, she applied to the University of California at Berkeley to study anthropology, her fieldwork having been completed in her youth. Accepted by this illustrious house of learning, she gained the highest possible honour and was elected to the ranks of the Phi Beta Kappa but didn't bother to pick up the key. But Di had inadvertently left her heart years before in Andalucia and she returned there in 2001. In search of traditional Spain and a suitable place to build her vision of a small boutique hotel, she chose a tiny mountain pueblo blanco with no foreign residents. In 2006 she had the good fortune to be reunited with her childhood sweetheart and they are living happily ever after, running the highly-acclaimed hotel, inspired by their varied clientèle, and enjoying the clash of cultures it creates.

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This wonderful book is a voyage for the mind, the heart, and the senses! More than a spell-binding chronicle of adventure at sea, it is a thoughtful, heartfelt exploration of a rapidly vanishing world in which people communicate, face technical challenges, learn lessons, and create connections with each other without much help from the technology we now take for granted. Di Beach tells a fine tale, peppered with nuggets of her growing wisdom about design, construction, cross-cultural understanding, cooking, child-rearing, and, best of all, the strength and vulnerability of the human species. She is at her best as she delivers matter-of-fact accounts of astonishing tasks accomplished and unknown strengths tapped. As I closed the book on its heart-rending epilogue, all I could think was, "Oh, tell me another!"
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Like characters in an ancient Greek drama, Rod, Di and their crew follow their destinies in a compelling, real-life adventure. I couldn't put it down.

Humour, discord, harmony and obsession are acutely observed by narrator Di. Her little girl Jojo thrives with Rod and her other 'daddies' on the beautiful sailing boat 'Mjojo'. Di has a new baby girl between voyages to jewel-like islands and little-known ports and little Lu takes to life at sea like a duckling to water. A mysterious, grumpy Dutchman joins them as they sail through calm, clear waters and ferocious storms. 'Mjojo', almost as much as Di herself and ocean voyager Rod, is the central character of the book but she, like all aboard her, has to come to terms with drastic change.
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This is a fantastic account of an epic journey from Africa to the UK back in the Sixties on a hand crafted boat, built by a swashbuckling young adventurer, who managed to convince his young wife Di Beach to accompany him - even with their months old baby in tow. I literally couldn't put it down, and was drawn into the heart of adventure by the author's vivid and colourful writing - especially her graphic description of life in Africa in a byegone era. And I could hear the ocean and the sounds of every port where they docked, from the Seychelles to Rio, a new and enthralling story in every exotic land. It's an absolute joy to read, but is also moving, and touched by mystery. Brilliant!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JoJo on 23 July 2014
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This is a wonderful story! It is funny, entertaining and brilliantly written. Its a love story and an adventure story, also a historical record of Lamu.
Brilliant!
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By Asters on 28 Dec. 2014
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We've stayed at Di's lovely little hotel in Andalusia so we've met this lovely lady and eaten her wonderful food. Now we know where the inspiration for the food comes from. Also you can imagine Rod's spirit looking down and protecting her wherever he is.

It's fascinating to read these four years in her early adult life. Clearly she lived the experience but it's more than tinged with sadness that she and the love of her life couldn't reconcile a life together.

What surprised me most was how well written this amazing story is.
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By Julia Peppard on 27 Aug. 2014
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A beautifully written, first person account of coming of age and adventure in the 1960s, Di Beach hooks you from page one.
In this world of social media - over sharing, and living our lives constantly tethered to some sort of technology, it is such a pleasure to read about two unique people who created something of beauty and experienced parts of our world that no longer exist.
I highly recommend this book!
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By Vivienne on 3 Nov. 2014
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This is a wonderful book. I loved it. You don't have to know that much about boats to be swept up in the adventure and romance of it all. It is hugely satisfying, unputdownable, intriguing. It left me both inspired and energised, conscious that life is for living. Anyone with an interest in boats, the sea, human relationships and adventure should read this. It makes you feel that anything is possible.
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This is a really well written true life adventure story with a shattering ending. Di's story takes her from innocent(ish) teen to mother of two and across continents and oceans. It is a great read, never grandiose or boastful but always seemingly down to earth and honest while communicating her long lasting fascination with the places and people she meets on her seven year voyage.
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