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Casting Off: How a City Girl Found Happiness on the High Seas (Paperback)
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Casting Off: How a City Girl Found Happiness on the High Seas (Paperback)

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Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 03/07/2014
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As a journalist for the Independent, Emma Bamford is swept along with the London rat race, lost amongst the egos of Fleet Street. Surrounded by budget cuts and bullies, the thrill of a breaking news story is no longer enough. And at 31, still struggling to get to a fourth date and surrounded by friends settling down to married life and babies, Emma decides to grasp her life by the roots and reclaim her freedom...by running away to sea and joining a complete stranger (and his cat) on a yacht in Borneo. Reflective yet humorous and self-deprecating, we share Emma's excitement and fear at leaving a good job for an unknown adventure, and join her as she travels to some of the most exotic places in the world and starts to realise what really matters in life. She discovers the supreme awkwardness of sharing a tiny space with total strangers, the unimaginable beauty of paradise islands and secret jungle rivers, glimpses lost tribes, works all hours for demanding superyacht owners, and has a terrifyingly near miss with pirates. Fending off romantic propositions from a Moldovan pig farmer and a Sri Lanken village chief amongst others, Emma finds adventure and happiness in the most unlikely places. From planning each day meticulously to learning to let go and leave things to chance, Emma's story shows that it is possible to break free and find happiness - and love - on your own terms.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781472906618
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 294 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Casting Off is an autobiography as exciting as a novel; I couldn't put it down. Emma Bamford is a great writer who knows how to hook her reader. * Katie Fforde *
an engaging tale...there is much fun to be had * The independent *
The feel-good, moving account of a young woman's love of the sea. -- Charlotte Clay * Daily Express *
Wryly funny, fast-paced, with a good plot and tons of adventure, this entertaining debut would make a great holiday read ... part memoir, part travelogue, part romance. -- Rebecca Wallersteiner * The Lady *
An inspiring and entertaining read about breaking free from the rat race and having the courage to chase your dreams. * Closer *
a funny and inspiring story * Yachting Life *
An absorbing tale * Yachts & Yachting *

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“A fascinating, extremely well written tale of how”

I love holidays abroad, but I'm not an adventurous traveller, in fact I don't really like travelling at all, and often wish I could just go to sleep and wake up at my destination, without all the hassle of... More

Paperback edition
21st September 2014
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“HIGHLY RECOMMENDED”

Casting Off is about a young woman making a big decision - to leave her prestigious London job and join a complete stranger (and his cat) on a sailing boat in Borneo for the voyage of a lifetime. From this promising... More

Paperback edition
6th July 2014
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“A fascinating, extremely well written tale of how one woman really did change her life”

I love holidays abroad, but I'm not an adventurous traveller, in fact I don't really like travelling at all, and often wish I could just go to sleep and wake up at my destination, without all the hassle of... More

Paperback edition
2nd April 2015
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