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5.0 out of 5 stars My new heroine!, 21 Dec. 2013
This review is from: Stop Drifting, Start Rowing: One Woman's Search for Happiness and Meaning Alone on the Pacific (Paperback)
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Roz Savage has been on my horizon for a while being as I am both a rower and someone with strong interest in environmental issues. After reading this book, however, I can place her in my life as a new heroine and source of inspiration.

As a piece of literature, 'Stop Drifting, Start Rowing' is an easy read of 200 pages of engaging and honest personal account. The beaming smiles that feature in all the photos of Roz are matched in a style of utmost optimism even in light of tough times on the ocean and the tragic inaction of much of the world to the environmental damage Roz highlights. The book contains several fine photos that give a sense of the conditions of life on an ocean rowing boat. But much more than a simple account of adventure this is an insight into the psychology of success, an opening of the heart of someone who comes across as being a really likable lady and a call to action for the rest of us to make our mark in a positive and constructive way on this fragile Earth.

I have also read the thoroughly fascinating and personal account that Ben Fogle and James Cracknell gave in The Crossing and it was so refreshing to read a more feminine and - dare I say - meaningful version of life as an ocean rower. While Cracknell revealed the ultimate in single-mindedness and competitivity and Fogle showed the spirit of the gentleman-amateur adventurer, neither really seemed to embrace the advantages of a stripped-back life in the way that Roz does. Though I realise she transformed herself in her Atlantic crossing first (a book I look forward to reading now) she gave the sense of having found a rhythm and equilibrium (rowing metaphors I know) to her life aquatic and used her platform to raise awareness of the subjects that matter to her where others are primarily focussed on personal achievement.

This is, evidently, why she is published by an organisation specialising in self-help works. I am not a fan of this genre - I don't believe that 'reading self-help' has ever been one of the 'seven habits of successful people'! But if self-help can mean providing inspiration and practical wisdom through an adventurous account then this is just the ticket. Highly recommended.
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