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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (28 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091941814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091941819
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A beautifully crafted, moving and funny book, stuffed with adventure and massive, palpable love. I want to belong to the Spall family NOW, please" (Dawn French)

"Shane and Tim Spall stand shoulder to shoulder in a sea adventure that's funny, delightful, scary - and given their minimal knowledge of seafaring at the outset, occasionally beggars belief. It's a laugh and cry book - I really loved it" (Jo Brand)

"Tender, warm and wise: like all the best adventures, Shane Spall's wonderful travel memoir stays in the memory long after the trip itself is over..." (Michael Simkins)

"[The Spalls at Sea is] a brilliantly watchable seafaring series'" (Guardian)

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The adventure of a lifetime with Timothy Spall, his wife Shane, and a boat called Matilda

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Sid Saunders on 12 Mar 2012
Format: Paperback
First of all I must point out that I don't normally buy books as I use my local library but after watching the BBC4 programme of Mr and Mrs Spall going around via the sea of Great Britain in their Dutch barge The Princess Matilda I had to have my own copy.

Things to remember when reading this book are things you will need,a box of tissue's and a partner who will not keep telling you to shut up when your laughing out loud or crying into the tisseue's.

I'm a 69 year old ex Army Sergeant and railway ganger and tough as old boots but when reading about Tim's illness I found I was filling up like a teenage girl after the pop star got married but not to her!

This was a roller coaster of a ride with Shane and Tim at sea and on land, this book could also be used as a travellers guide of english seaside towns.

Shane shows what a strong partner can do to help her man in times of illness with her love and strength and Tim's for her,they are an example to us all.

I not going into the voyage as you will want to share the adventure for the first time yourself in this delightful book about the two exceptional english people that went to sea with just a road map.

It's said that Tim is a National Treasure, I disagree. they both are! if this is not the plot for a film about the english at play I don't know what is.

I will close this by saying NO! you can't borrow mine as I will be reading it time and time again. When the DVD of their adventures is on sale I will be the first in the queue.

You must buy this for your holiday reading abroad to remind you why this is the best country in the world.

My marks out of ten? eleven!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Martin on 7 Mar 2012
Format: Paperback
I'am not a person who write's reviews in the norm, but after reading The Voyages of the princess Matilda by Shane Spall, i feel i must tell everybody this is a must read, [a book you can not put down].

This is the kind of book you can but in your holiday suitcase,then sit on the beach or by the pool, and let the time slip by with a large drink and a great read.

It will have you in tears as Shane lets you in on how she and the family cope with Tim's illness from a few years ago and then have you in tears again with Shane's and Tim's adventures aboard there barge, sailing from the start of there journey, Brentford, where they see the new build for the first time, finishing in Cardiff. I feel i have been with them the whole journey,and on finishing the book i opened a bottle of Champagne and raised my glass in salute.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Major Rawles on 23 Feb 2012
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It made me laugh out loud one moment and the next i was in tears. Wonderfully structured tale of living life to the full and staring death in the face. And a heart warming trip round Britain's ports and towns. Fabulous.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jo Bennie VINE VOICE on 9 May 2012
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Shane Spall has in effect written three books in one. On the simplest level this is a tie in to the BBC 4 TV series, a narrative of Shane and Timothy Spall's attempt to sail from London to Wales in their sea barge The Princess Matilda. They are hilariously hapless, on their first journey they don't make it beyond the Thames Barrier and Timothy takes a thorough crash course in navigation before they set out to sea. They encounter beautiful moorings and full on prejudice and snobbery in equal measure.

This narrative itself would have made for a good book, Shane Spall's mercurial nature in contrast to Timothy's laid back nature and penchant for pink crocs is hilarious but Spall intersperses this story with the heartbreaking one of Timothy's battle with leukaemia and her diaries from nights sat by his bed when he hovered between life and death. Shane had already lost her father and best friend to cancer and her words are honest and searing.

Thirdly there are snippets of Shane's own life, again written with unflinching honesty. Of her previous life as a flower child, of her drug addiction, of the Welsh husband she lost and her experience of giving birth to their daughter Pascale.

These elements turn a very good book into a firm favourite, and one that I read into the night. I knew Timothy Spall from tv and film, a respected and beloved actor, and this book deepened that respect.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ashton Smyth on 3 Mar 2012
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This is a must for everyone, not just those who have been following the trials and tribulations on the screen. It is very well written, witty, moving, gripping in places urging you to turn the next page faster than you can read the words (like all good books should do) and from the heart and I truly did not want to put it down once I had started. The motivation for Princess Matilda's travels gives you a personal insight into how fragile life can be and this almost parallels with the power of the sea. She holds no prisoners and the journeys triumphs give us almost an unspoken hope with great strengths of character that come good in the end. So,seafarer's,land lubbers and even those who have no inclination to ever experience anything like what Shane & Timothy have so far.....pick the book up and read it, you will not be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Martin Swift on 18 May 2012
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Having seen all the programmes about the voyage that Shane & Timothy Spall undertook in their Dutch Barge and with the programmes beginning with them being in the West Country and then going around Land'sEnd; then onwards to : Wales, Lancashire, Cumbria, Isle of Man, Northern Ireland, Western Scotland and into the Caledonian Canal and then out into the North Sea and down the Eastern side of Scotland and the Eastern side of England and back into the Thames and the Greater Lodon Area...great voyage, but on screen the first part from london to Cornwall is not there as there was no filming, but the book by Shane Spall fills in that gap and what a gap it fills.
The other factor is the long process that Timothy Spall endures with his various treatment of chemo and other things, coiple that with Shane placing on record her thoughts of how she felt at her husbands situation and the book is a fantastic read, humourous throughout and sad when Timothy's hospital stays are included in a very clever bit of writing...the book incidently takes you only part way round and thus i hope for a further edition.
Well done Shane on your book and well done to the both of your on your couragous approach to live and sailing a Dutch Barge around Britain...hope the series also comes out on DVD...Recommend the book.
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