I bought this book to find help with my research making a documentary film on Odyssey. I soon realised it's more than a book for research: it's undoubtedly a product of labour of love and ingenuity, giving clues to resolve riddles, but also with respect and adoration to the original text, leaving things open to the magical realm of imagination. Profoundly romantic to the tale's origins, placing the wanderings of Odysseus mostly in Greek territories, plus taking into account local folk tales and seafare know-how to prove it, this is an excellently written book that gives joy to all Homer's enthusiasts.
Having owned a paperback copy for years, I actually bought this hardback copy as a gift for an old Greek friend of mine. The origins of the Odyssey are lost in the mists of time, and the places mentioned argued over by the experts. Suspend your disbelief and plunge in. Tim Severin brings the story to life as he and the crew experience the journey for real, at sea level in their replica boat, interweaving legend, history and modern geography. His understanding of Mycenaean navigation and seamanship is fascinating. If like me you love Greece and the islands, especially if you go boating around the Ionian, you will find this book a perfect summer holiday read. I can also recommend "The Jason Voyage" by Tim Severin and "Odysseus Unbound" by Robert Bittlestone.
Ordered 30 June, arrived by courier 4 July. It was described as in a 'used', 'good' condition. I would rate it far higher than that. It really requires a knowledge of the 'Odyssey' for full appreciation. Would recommend.