A Voyage For Madmen (Paperback)
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A Voyage For Madmen (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 05/05/2011
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Waterstones Non-Fiction Book of the Month for July 2018

Specially republished to mark the 50th anniversary of the Golden Globe Race, A Voyage for Madmen is a fast-paced, utterly gripping account of what drives people to extraordinary endeavour in the face of life-threatening danger.

'Told with verve and riddled with drama, you can smell the salty air and feel the spray on every page' - The Sunday Times

It lay like a gauntlet thrown down; to sail around the world alone and non-stop. No one had ever done it, no one knew if it could be done.

In 1968, nine men - six Englishmen, two Frenchmen and an Italian - set out to try, a race born of coincidence of their timing. One didn't even know how to sail. They had more in common with Captain Cook or Ferdinand Magellan than with the high-tech, extreme sailors of today, a mere forty years later. From the haunted, Nemo-esque Bernard Moitessier to the wildly complex Donald Crowhurst, Peter Nicholls juggles his cast of eccentrics with aplomb, fully embracing their absurdity and wild courage.

Often armed with little more than an Opinel knife, rudimentary radio and navigation equipment, and a store of the most basic canned supplies across 1968 nine very different men slipped out to sea to race each other, alone, around the globe. It was not the sea or the weather that determined the nature of their voyages but the men they were, and they were as different from one another as Scott from Amundsen.

Only one of the nine crossed the finishing line after ten months at sea. The rest encountered despair, sublimity, madness and even death.

Republished as 18 skippers recreate the historic race (beginning on 1st July 2018), this is an extraordinary tale of courage and endurance. Peppered with fascinating details about life at sea, it’s a book to be devoured breathlessly in one sitting. Peter Nichol's book is an incredible true story of the inaugural 1968 Golden Globe sailing race, truly A Voyage for Madmen.

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781846684432
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 330 g
Dimensions: 198 x 128 x 28 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS

'An extraordinary story of bravery and insanity on the high seas... one of the most gripping sea stories I have ever read.' - Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm

'An enthralling tale of human endeavour and courage in the face of adversity ... ' - Tatler 

'As a carpenter purrs over perfect dovetailing, so I rejoiced in the craftsmanship of this book' - Simon Barnes

'Told with verve and riddled with drama, you can smell the salty air and feel the spray on every page' - The Sunday Times 

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Nathaniel Gardner-Blatch

“Man's Capacity for Wonder”

A brilliant and interesting read. This book is all about adventure and the motivation of man to overcome nature; with the struggles they endure and the tolls these journeys take. Nichols brings to life not only the... More

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“The perfect summer read!”

The gripping story of an incredible race and the nine men whose lives it transformed. It’s a love-letter to the sea, a testament to endurance and a study of the full spectrum of human emotion. What really makes this... More

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“We all know what happened.”

Though we all know the outcome, that's not the benefit of this account. We are given a real insight into the characters involved and the challenges they face. There's not much about the technical sailing... More

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