A Voyage For Madmen by Peter Nichols

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In 1968, nine sailors set off on the most daring race ever held: to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe nonstop. It was a feat that had never been accomplished and one that would forever change the face of sailing. Ten months later, only one of the nine men would cross the finish line and earn fame, wealth, and glory. For the others, the reward was madness, failure, and death.

In this extraordinary book, Peter Nichols chronicles a contest of the individual against the sea, waged at a time before cell phones, satellite dishes, and electronic positioning systems. A Voyage for Madmen is a tale of sailors driven by their own dreams and demons, of horrific storms in the Southern Ocean, and of those riveting moments when a split-second decision means the difference between life and death.

 

About Peter Nichols

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Peter Nichols is the author of the national bestseller A Voyage for Madmen and two other books, Sea Change: Alone Across the Atlantic in a Wooden Boat, a memoir, and the novel Voyage to the North Star. He has taught creative writing at NYU in Paris and Georgetown University, and presently teaches at Bowdoin College. He is lives in Maine with his wife and son.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 336 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Science & Math, Education & Reference, Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction

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These independent-minded early settlers observed the Indians’ method of capturing migratory whales on shore, before the fisheries invented deep-sea whaling voyages which essentially emptied the seas of whales by the mid-18th century and forced the hunters to prowl farther afield, in the Pacific a...

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Every line of his yarn resounds with the telegraphic message from Swallows and Amazons: 'BETTER DROWNED THAN DUFFERS IF NOT DUFFERS WONT [SIC] DROWN.' Nichols fixes his gaze on the nine competitors and says of them better duffers drowned.

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A Voyage For Madmen Peter Nichols 313pp, Profile Books, £16.99 Buy it at a discount at BOL When Ellen MacArthur recently sailed round the world, alone in her boat Kingfisher , she always knew exactly where she was.

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This is a first novel by the author of Sea Change, an account of his solo voyage across the Atlantic, and here, too, Nichols writes of the sea and ships with great feeling and accuracy.

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Nichols is at his liveliest when describing the only two participants who "were really happy aboard their boats": the French-Asian Bernard Moitessier, the most skilled sailor, whose mystical seamanship brings surprises, and the British Robin Knox-Johnson, who was energized during his journey by t...

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