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5.0 out of 5 stars
Hats off, 10 Oct. 2006
Having seen the BBC documentary, I kinda knew that what James Cracknell and Ben Fogle had done was tough; but what comes through brilliantly in the book is the real sense of a race (they were up against lots of other similar rowing boats) and the crackling,tetchy tension between the two of them - it's clear that Fogle was initially just along for the fun of the experience, while Cracknell wanted to win at all costs. There's a brilliant bit where Cracknell powers them away at the start for an hour, and they're clearly buzzing at beating everyone else... only for a vital bit of equipment to break. All the other boats bob merrily past them, and the realization sets in that this isn't a 2,000m Olympic race; it's 3,000 miles, rowing 12 hours a day for fifty days. Great stuff.