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Never Fear: Reliving the Life of Sir Francis Chichester Hardcover – 28 Oct 2016
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I LOVED Never Fear, and I write those words as someone with no interest in sailing or aviation. It is an outstanding work, one of the best biographies I have read.
The opening chapter gets the book off to a flying start and when you move straight from the pomp of that triumphant day into the ghastliness of his childhood, I was hooked. Immediately you understand, or suspect, what shaped his character and drove him on for the rest of his life.
I knew next to nothing about Chichester other than that he was a great sailor who circumnavigated the globe (I was a one-year-old when he sailed into Greenwich!) and I had no idea he was so old and had suffered such illness. His resilience, resourcefulness and determination are truly inspiring.
I feared I might not enjoy the author inserting himself into the narrative, but it really works, bringing a freshness to the story and showing your admiration and awe - especially so as a sailor and a local boy - for the man and his achievements. --Niall Edworthy
This beautifully printed book includes photographs and documents never before seen in print. If you like to read about long-distance solo sailing, you will enjoy this biography --The Ensign
About the Author
Ian Strathcarron is the author of Joy Unconfined! Lord Byron's Grand Tour Retoured, the Mark Twain travel trilogy Innocence and War, The Indian Equator and Mississippi Mayhem and the philosophy works Living with Life and Mysticism and Bliss. He is also Chairman of Unicorn Publishing Group and a mediator with the cultural property ADR service Art Resolve.
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Before one even gets to the content, the quality of the book shows with beautiful endpapers and a bound ribbon bookmark, details not often seen these days.
Strathcarron takes the reader back to a time when the world was still a very large place, and bravery to the point of recklessness with one's own life was admired. I knew a fair bit about FC's sailing exploits, but the eye-watering risks he took crossing the Tasman sea in a leaking and unreliable bi-plane were new to me. The portrayal of FC is not sentimental and although the author's admiration is clear, his awkwardness and selfishness are not whitewashed. I was left with as much admiration for has wife as for Francis.
Overall, a brilliant and evocative book.
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Never Fear – Reliving the Life of Sir Francis Chichester
“Spot On” are the words that Sir Francis Chichester exclaimed to himself when his navigation skills brought him to his destination in spite of bad weather and rudimentary charts and instruments. First while solo flying single engine biplanes across continents then solo sailing yachts across the Atlantic and around the world, Chichester pioneered long distance navigation. In his new biography of Sir Francis, Ian Strathcarron delves into the life and exploits of this extraordinary man from his birth and troubled childhood, through all of his achievements and finally, to his death. The author traces the routes, interviews those who assisted Sir Frances and flies, sails, or travels the same courses Chichester experienced. Included in this beautifully printed book are photographs and documents some never before seen in print – many in color. If you enjoy reading about preparing for and undertaking long distance solo sailing including riding out terrible gales in a small boat you will enjoy this book. The title “Never Fear” comes from Chichester’s quote “I hate being frightened, but even more, I detest being prevented by fright.” The fact that he was able to overcome his fear repeatedly is one of the reasons he lived to complete his historic voyages.