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Paddle: A long way around Ireland Paperback – 16 May 2011
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Delightfully immersing (Chris Stewart)
A fantastic voyage. Mad, inspiring, funny and a great read (Nick Crane)
I really enjoyed Paddle - a genuine adventure story with nothing gimmicky and dangers understated. I especially enjoyed the affectionately shrewd vignettes of life ashore, the swift changes of mood, the neat little parcels of unexpected information and, best of all, his laconic descriptions of the power and the glory of the sea. (Dervla Murphy)
About the Author
Jasper Winn moved to Ireland at age twelve, with his inventor father, and instead of going to school he learnt to ride horses and play traditional music with the locals. This shaped a life of travel, crossing the Atlas with nomadic Berbers, rollerblading the Netherlands, and fronting the Channel Four horse culture series Rawhides. He is a frequent contributor to the Sunday Times, Guardian and GQ, Condé Nast and Wanderlust and has a column in the Irish Examiner.
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We're told almost nothing about Ireland by Mr Winn and he never manages to convey any real sense of danger during his adventure. Nothing about the problems raised during WWII by Irelend's retention of the ports at Bantry and Lough Swilly, nothing about Lindbergh or Alcock and Brown, nor the French landings in Mayo in 1798 in support of an Irish rebellion, etc. Instead, we're left in no doubt as to the author's skill with the ladies and with the occasional account of his meeting with a landlubber he's encountered.
I suppose it's all been done before, and much better, circumnavigating Ireland - but from the land. Try Kevin O'Hara's 'Last Of The Donkey Pilgrims'.
a truly great read, full of fun, wit and thought provoking narrative, that literaly encircles everything ireland, the sea and adventure have to offer!
5 stars without a doubt, i too now wish to plan and execute a slowest circumnavigation, or maybe the walking trip jasper eludes to... the jolly roger on sherkin island sounds as though its well woth a visit!
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he undertook at a low unfit period of his life!!