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September 17, 2009



Thanks for that list.
I hadn’t realised that Bernard Cornwell had written any sailing books either.

I must admit that I enjoyed all of Tristan Jones’ yarns but perhaps they would be better described as ‘creative non fiction’?


What a great idea - I'll have to check some of these out at my library.

I recently read "Dove", about the 16-yr old Robin Lee Graham that sailed solo around the world. It was pretty good.

Niall Kelly

Not sail, but two good reads are 'Narrow Dog to Carcassonne' and 'Narrow Dog to Indian River' by Terry Darlington. A retired English couple and their whippet take a English narrow boat across the English Channel and down through the French canals. In 'Narrow Dog to Indian River' they ship their narrow boat across to the US and sail her down the intercoastal waterway from Virginia to Florida.

For real sailing, Paul Heiney's 'The Last Man Across the Atlantic' is worth a look.

One of my all time favourites is Paul Heiney and Libby Purves' 'One Summer's Grace: A Family Voyage Round Britain'

O Docker

A non-sailing book that sailors might appreciate is one of my favorites - Fate Is The Hunter, by Ernie Gann, who's probably best known for The High And The Mighty because that was turned into a famous movie. Most of his fans, though, consider 'Fate' his best work.

Gann earned his living as an airline pilot back in the industry's 'golden' days, but was also a sailor. Flying the big iron in the days before GPS and jet engines, especially on long runs crossing oceans, had a lot of parallels with sailing.

This is a series of quirky, sometimes harrowing stories from those days. The underlying theme - that no matter how well prepared we may be, our fate is often not in our hands - will probably give most sailors something to think about.

David Gray

Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers

Janna Cawrse Esarey

Might I add "The Motion of the Ocean: 1 Small Boat, 2 Average Lovers, & a Woman's Search for the Meaning of Wife" (Simon & Schuster 2009), written by yours truly (not that I'm biased or anything). It's for anyone who's ever dreamed of world cruising, or tried yelling and sailing with one's spouse.

Fifty 5-star reviews on amazon:

Hey, and if you wanted a free review copy for your blog, then you could give it away to a reader when you're done. (Am I starting to sound like I'm selling Ginsu knives here?)

Anyway, just thought I'd add my totally not-objective two cents.

Happy blogging and even better sailing,

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