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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb journey into the oceans of the mind
This is "can't put down" read, about the rather disjointed Golden Globe circumnavigation race of 1968-9 in which 7 sailors risked everything for themselves rather than for fame and fortune. You do not have to be a "Yachty" to read this! the book is about the drive and determination of men to reach inner goals. Peter Nichols writes in an easy to read...
Published on 26 Jun 2001
3.0 out of 5 stars Warning tale of life on the ocean waves
Enthralling tale of a group of competitive men's obsession with sailing round the world single-handed. Poignant, sad even tragic at times, it was a good read but left me wondering what it was all for. Quite well written, although editorial hands were often evident in the flow of the writing.
Published 13 months ago by Maxigriff
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Story,
If you like sailing, then this is the book for you. I guarantee that once you start reading it you will not want to put it down
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling Read,
I am not into sailing and don't think I ever will be. That doesn't matter with this book - its quite simply the best sports book I have read, but at times it reads more like a mystery thriller. A fasinating piece of writing about an amazing story - buy it now.
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating read,
I purchased the book to learn more about the Global Boat Race. The writer manages to tell the story from a perfect point of view; not too much technical details about seamanship and sailing so that the reader doesn't understand, whilst maintaining the story to keep the reader gripped to the very end.
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all off shore sailors,
I was recommended this book after completing this years Fastent Yacht race and was hooked from page 1.
The storyline kept me gripped and it was even more captivating because it was a true story.
Mad as it may seem, it has made me want to sail round the world even more rather than less!
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent history of yachting,
A great story well composed. Could see it becoming a film. The book gave me a history lesson and placed the modern era of sail into perspective. I know a fair bit about boats yet this book filled in many blanks. The title is perfect. If anyone harbours a desire to sail solo non-stop around the world then this book might help one get over it and grow up. That's a good thing. It deserves 5 stars.
5.0 out of 5 stars Title says it all,
Gripping read, well constructed. Like an adventure story with added adrenaline.
I was loaned a copy before doing the ARC - a bad move! But have since bought this for some sailing friends who aren't likely to find themselves bobbing up and down on an ocean with lots of time on their hands, and who don't read disaster into every creak the boat makes.
Give it a go - otherwise you'll always wonder!
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant.,
Gripping and dramatic. I read the book in two sittings a few hours apart. I am sure I would have finished it in one but I was dragged away to cook dinner.
The author captures the different natures of the competitors well, builds the sense of excitement both at the start and the finish, as well as capturing the sense of the period, when competitive sailing was much less commercialized than it is now.
5.0 out of 5 stars Well crafted,
I am a small boat sailor and I loved it. This was a documentary that read like a novel and I was totally absorbed by it. It left me feeling both satisfied but sad and I was sorry it had to finish.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great writer,
The difference between Nichols and the authors of books on similar topics, e.g., Perfect Storm, is that he can write. He avoids resorting to sentimentality in order to engage our interest. I'll be looking for other titles by this author. "Evolutions Captain" I would say is even better.
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written Gripping Account,
I'm not a sailor but I loved this book. It's really good to have the story of the whole race brought together in one book rather than having to read all the individuals own accounts. The storytelling is first rate and you just can't wait to find out what happens next. I'm going to read it again soon!
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A Voyage For Madmen: Nine men set out to race each other around the world. Only one made it back ... by Peter Nichols (Paperback - 5 May 2011)