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The Last Grain Race (A Panther book) Paperback – 4 Jun 1981
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‘Enthralling – I know of no other book about square-riggers that gives such a lively account of the daily round of men in the fo’c’sle’ Sunday Times
‘Indescribably pungent … impossible to read without laughing’ Observer
‘Mr Newby proves himself to be a first-rate writer … Years have dulled nothing of the spirit of his first voyage; he gives exactly the feel of working a tall ship in hard conditions; he did not just see these things; he felt and can convey them; the crew of “Moshulu” live, move and are real human beings – and go on living when the book is closed’ Times Literary Supplement--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
ERIC NEWBY was born in London in 1919 and was educated at St Paul’s School. In 1938, he joined the four-masted Finnish barque ‘Moshulu’ as an apprentice and sailed in the last Grain Race from Ireland by way of Australia and Cape Horn. During World War II, he served in the Black Watch and the Special Boat Section. In 1942, he was captured and remained a prisoner-of-war until 1945. He subsequently married the girl who helped him escape, and for the next fifty years, his wife Wanda was at his side on many adventures. After the war, his world expanded still further – into the fashion business and book publishing. Whatever else he was doing, Newby always travelled on a grand scale, either under his own steam or as the Travel Editor for the Observer. He was made a CBE in 1994 and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award of the British Guild of Travel Writers in 2001. Eric Newby died in 2006.--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
This is the account of Eric Newby's experiences as an apprentice on one of the last 4 masted sailing barques, on a round trip to Australia just before the 2nd World War. It is very well written, and a foretaste of his illustrious travel writing career. It is a direct and vivid link to the harsh world of life on a large working sailing vessel, manned by very few sailors, and passing through some of the most inhospitable seas of the Southern Ocean. It makes today's gap year experiences rather trivial. It is well illustrated by Newby's own photograph, and as a tailpiece carries a sail and rigging plan of his ship, the Moshulu.
I thoroughly recommend it to anyone interested in the sea, sailing vessels, and/or the work of Eric Newby, one of the finest travel writers of his generation.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this book. As a latterday follow on to Richard Dana's Two Years Before The Mast, it was wonderful. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mrs. Olga A. Danes-volkov
This is a brilliant read. It gives a wonderful insight into what it was like to work as a deck hand on a large ocean going sailing ship in the 1930's. Read morePublished 10 months ago by JIM COOPER
Interesting insight into the end of the great sailing ships 'era'. And an easy read. I enjoyed it.Published 13 months ago by Kwakker1000
Brilliantly written, quite humorous in places, informative without being tedious, and what amazing seamen they were. Great read!Published 13 months ago by Mags
Well written, by a great travel writer; a first hand account of the last days of working sailing shipsPublished 13 months ago by calders
A thrilling and surprising account of an apprenticeship in sail. Makes you think and wonder that it all happened just before WW2Published 14 months ago by Mrs. Gillian Reynolds
A remarkable tale, beautifully told, and illustrated with Newby's own excellent photographs, although they're a bit small here. Read morePublished 14 months ago by E. Vine