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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Adlard Coles Nautical (30 Jan 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713668997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713668995
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 1.9 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A gripping tale of human achievement, 'A World of My Own' also provides an honest, personal insight..." Devon Life (December 2007) 'a very readable story of adventure' The Little Ship (Spring 2010)

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Robin Knox-Johnston entered the Merchant Navy at the age of 17, obtaining his Master's Certificate 8 years later. Of the 9 competitors he was the only one to complete the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in 1968 after 312 days alone at sea and win the trophy for the first solo non-stop circumnavigation. Since then Robin has participated in many ocean races including the Whitbread, and in 1994 co-skippered Enza with Sir Peter Blake to set a new world record for a circumnavigation. He has been UK Yachtsman of the Year twice, International Yachtsman of the Year in 1995, and was knighted in 1995. He still owns and sails Suhaili.

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Shelagh on 27 April 2004
Format: Paperback
I love this book. It is an amazing story. Anyone interested remotely insailing should love it. If you haven't read it, I strongly recomend it.The idea of sailing from Falmouth single handed and alone non-stop aroundthe world in a 32 foot wooden yacht, back into Falmouth again - is simple- yet an awesome challenge for 1968 and before the days of GPS, computersand modern boat materials. An amazing tale, I treasure this book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By sok on 10 Mar 2009
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I enjoyed this book immensely and I have very little knowledge of the sea or sailing. It is just a superb book about an astonishing achievement and it is written in a very humble, honest and humorous style. RKJ writes of the highs and lows of his 313 days at sea and about the challenges he has to face in a time when communication, navigation and even food and clothing were far more primitive than they are today. He has many obstacles to overcome and often has to think of ingenious ways around things. He also tells of his inner thoughts as he spends nearly a year of his life alone on Suhaili and I particularly liked the way at one point he analyzes his faith in God.
I am writing this nearly 40 years to the day since he completed his voyage and I'd love to belatedly congratulate him.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Purple Cloud on 20 Jun 2007
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Extremely well written by a truly great Englishman. What comes across in this book is his sheer down-to-earth, common-sense approach to a formidable enterprise. If you want the poetic appreciation of the sea, read Bernard Moitessier. If, however, you want a rattling good yarn, told exactly like it was, read this book - the first of several by this master mariner, whose adventures have continued to the present day.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Selway on 1 Nov 2006
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I really enjoyed this book.

It gives an insight into the mind of one of the greatest adventurers of our time.

1968 seems a long time ago (I was only a 1yo baby!) but this guy was out there doing his stuff.

He conveys a sense of freedom we can only dream of these days.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By RobF on 6 Feb 2009
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In the mid 1960s, sailing alone, non-stop around the world was known to be possible, but had yet to be accomplished. This excellently written book is the story of how it was accomplished. The pictures and excerpts of Knox-Johnstons log enhance a gripping read.

I would recommend this book to anyone keen on sailing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charlie B. on 9 Dec 2010
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One of the greatest adventure stories of our time, who needs fiction when fact is so compelling. An extrodinary tale of determination, courage, skill, bravery, and sheer bloody mindedness. Out of nine sailors to attempt the first ever solo non-stop circumnavigation of the globe that year only one was successful - Robin Knox-Johnston, then in his late twenties, now a living legend and an inspiration.
Having failed to raise the money to have a bespoke craft built for the record attempt (and no one knew if it was actually possible) it was either use what he had or forget the whole thing, so he set off from Falmouth in a 32ft wooden yacht, he'd had built with a friend years earlier, with a sextant and horrific amounts of tinned food - and why? Because he was dammed if a Frenchman was going to be the first to do it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Glynis on 1 Oct 2010
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Great to read a book that makes you proud to be British. What an amazing story and what an inspiration this man is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 40degreesout on 15 April 2011
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I bought this for my husband. He really enjoyed the read. Recommended for readers who enjoy man against the elements and against the odds and sailing afficiandos.
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