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Left For Dead: 30 Years On - The Race is Finally Over: The Untold Story of the Tragic 1979 Fastnet Race Paperback – 6 Sep 2010
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'Nick has told the story of his amazing survival in his book Left for Dead, which he has re-released to include a new chapter about his epic challenge 30 years later.'
--The Irish Sun, 27th July 2010
'Unsettling but compelling reading. Essential reading for those sailors who can't help thinking "What if?"'
--Sailing Today, November 2010
'This book is a gripping read from start to finish.' --Compass Magazine, 2010
"harrowing and deeply moving account of the events of August 11, 1979"
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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The narrative is beautifully weighted with the perfect amount of detail, both biographical and concenring the Fastnet Race itself. Not only did I learn a great deal about this tragic race, but I also started to really root for the author and genuinely felt his desparation as hopes were raised and dashed.
The descriptive passage of the gathering storm and the growing fears in the crew of the Grimalkin is one of the most tense and gripping passages I have read in some time, particularly the vivid imagery of the ever changing colours of the sky and the ominous threat of the Irish Sea.
I would, as my friend did, insist that you read this book and then insist that all of your friends do the same.
Brilliantly engaging, chilling and horrifically scary in equal measures, this is a harrowing tale in which the suddenness of the storm appearing is recreated by the genial writing up to the impact point.
The author is finally able to lay ghosts to rest, 30 years after the incident, while taking the reader to the very heart of the drama.
An incredible guy with an unbelievable story.
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