The Voyages of the Princess Matilda Paperback – 28 Mar 2013
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"A beautifully crafted, moving and funny book, stuffed with adventure and massive, palpable love. I want to belong to the Spall family NOW, please" (Dawn French)
"Shane and Tim Spall stand shoulder to shoulder in a sea adventure that's funny, delightful, scary - and given their minimal knowledge of seafaring at the outset, occasionally beggars belief. It's a laugh and cry book - I really loved it" (Jo Brand)
"Tender, warm and wise: like all the best adventures, Shane Spall's wonderful travel memoir stays in the memory long after the trip itself is over..." (Michael Simkins)
"[The Spalls at Sea is] a brilliantly watchable seafaring series'" (Guardian)
The adventure of a lifetime with Timothy Spall, his wife Shane, and a boat called MatildaSee all Product Description
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Things to remember when reading this book are things you will need,a box of tissue's and a partner who will not keep telling you to shut up when your laughing out loud or crying into the tisseue's.
I'm a 69 year old ex Army Sergeant and railway ganger and tough as old boots but when reading about Tim's illness I found I was filling up like a teenage girl after the pop star got married but not to her!
This was a roller coaster of a ride with Shane and Tim at sea and on land, this book could also be used as a travellers guide of english seaside towns.
Shane shows what a strong partner can do to help her man in times of illness with her love and strength and Tim's for her,they are an example to us all.
I not going into the voyage as you will want to share the adventure for the first time yourself in this delightful book about the two exceptional english people that went to sea with just a road map.
It's said that Tim is a National Treasure, I disagree. they both are! if this is not the plot for a film about the english at play I don't know what is.
I will close this by saying NO! you can't borrow mine as I will be reading it time and time again. When the DVD of their adventures is on sale I will be the first in the queue.
You must buy this for your holiday reading abroad to remind you why this is the best country in the world.
My marks out of ten? eleven!
This is the kind of book you can but in your holiday suitcase,then sit on the beach or by the pool, and let the time slip by with a large drink and a great read.
It will have you in tears as Shane lets you in on how she and the family cope with Tim's illness from a few years ago and then have you in tears again with Shane's and Tim's adventures aboard there barge, sailing from the start of there journey, Brentford, where they see the new build for the first time, finishing in Cardiff. I feel i have been with them the whole journey,and on finishing the book i opened a bottle of Champagne and raised my glass in salute.
The other factor is the long process that Timothy Spall endures with his various treatment of chemo and other things, coiple that with Shane placing on record her thoughts of how she felt at her husbands situation and the book is a fantastic read, humourous throughout and sad when Timothy's hospital stays are included in a very clever bit of writing...the book incidently takes you only part way round and thus i hope for a further edition.
Well done Shane on your book and well done to the both of your on your couragous approach to live and sailing a Dutch Barge around Britain...hope the series also comes out on DVD...Recommend the book.
I would have loved the book for the descriptions of their adventures with the Princess Matilda and all the great places they visited alone but the thoughts about the terrible times of his illness made the book really special.
It is really well written and starts with their picking up the boat, which was built,coincidentally, in my village of Braunston, and includes their steep learning curve regarding navigation before embarking on the trip.
I would highly recommend the book to anyone who loves Britain and anyone who loves a great story. My only disappointment is that it ends in Wales when we know, from the TV series, that they have completed the full circuit but hopefully Shane will be publishing the rest of the fantastic journey and I for one will be first to buy it.
A wonderfull, well written and thoroughly absorbing book. Highly, highly recommended!!
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Mistakenly thought it was the next volume so in fact bought & read for the second time. Really enjoyed it.Published 9 days ago by PW
We bought this after watching the DVD series, Shane tells a good story and we are enjoying reading her book, it gives insight into the TV series.Published 8 months ago by NT, Wales