Maurice and Maralyn: A Whale, a Shipwreck, a Love Story (Hardback)
  • Maurice and Maralyn: A Whale, a Shipwreck, a Love Story (Hardback)
  • Maurice and Maralyn: A Whale, a Shipwreck, a Love Story (Hardback)
  • Maurice and Maralyn: A Whale, a Shipwreck, a Love Story (Hardback)
  • Maurice and Maralyn: A Whale, a Shipwreck, a Love Story (Hardback)
  • Maurice and Maralyn: A Whale, a Shipwreck, a Love Story (Hardback)
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Maurice and Maralyn: A Whale, a Shipwreck, a Love Story (Hardback) Maurice and Maralyn: A Whale, a Shipwreck, a Love Story (Hardback) Maurice and Maralyn: A Whale, a Shipwreck, a Love Story (Hardback) Maurice and Maralyn: A Whale, a Shipwreck, a Love Story (Hardback)

Maurice and Maralyn: A Whale, a Shipwreck, a Love Story (Hardback)

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Published: 29/02/2024
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Waterstones Says

A true story so jaw dropping you won't believe it isn't fiction, this exquisitely written account of unlikely romance tested in the unforgiving waters of the Pacific Ocean is an inspiring and uplifting read perfect for all fans of The Salt Path.

What begins as an eccentric English love story turns into one of the most dramatic adventures ever recorded...

Maurice and Maralyn couldn't be more different. He is as cautious and awkward as she is charismatic and forceful. It seems an unlikely romance, but it works.

Bored of 1970s suburban life, Maralyn has an idea: sell the house, build a boat, leave England -- and its oil crisis, industrial strikes and inflation -- forever. It is hard work, turning dreams into reality, but finally they set sail for New Zealand. Then, halfway there, their beloved boat is struck by a whale. It sinks within an hour, and the pair are cast adrift in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

On their tiny raft, over the course of days, then months, their love is put to the test. When Maurice begins to withdraw into himself, it falls upon Maralyn to keep them both alive. Their pet turtle helps, as does devising menus for fantasy dinners and dreaming of their next voyage.

Filled with danger, spirit and tenderness, this is a book about human connection and the human condition; about how we survive -- not just at sea, but in life.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781784744922
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 392 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 27 mm


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An extraordinary account - Guardian, Books to Look Out For 2024*

I loved everything about this inspirational, funny, painful, jaw-dropping and moving celebration of an ordinary couple caught in the most dramatic circumstances imaginable. A poignant reminder that in facing catastrophe, we often discover who we really are - RACHEL JOYCE, author of Maureen Fry & the Angel of the North

This dramatic, profound human story is so beautifully told in calm, thoughtful, perfectly judged prose. I really could not put it down - NINA STIBBE, author of Love, Nina

An extraordinary story of an even more extraordinary marriage. Sophie Elmhirst's prose is spare and elegant, and in her hands Maurice and Maralyn come vividly to life, characters who will remain with the reader long after they finish this compelling book. I turned each page with my heart in my mouth - FRANCESCA SEGAL, author of Mother Ship

A beautiful, searing book -- a miniature epic of seafaring and survival with an unbreakable, unusual love story at its heart - SAM KNIGHT, author of The Premonitions Bureau

An exciting, fast-paced, terrifying adventure story, and at the same time a slow, gentle commentary on love - ALEXANDER MASTERS, author of Stuart: a Life Backwards

No one finds the wit, warmth and mischief in a story quite like Sophie Elmhirst. I will read anything she writes - HELEN LEWIS, author of Difficult Women

Much of human life is contained in this beautiful, moving book about two people cut off from everything but each other - LARISSA MACFARQUHAR, author of Strangers Drowning

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Katy Wheatley

“Gripping”

This was fascinating. It reads like fiction, it's such a strange story. I was absolutely hooked from the outset. Much like the issues that Maurice and Marilyn faced when they were planning their second voyage and... More

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Phill - Waterstones Bookseller

“Memorable and utterly immense”

Some people are just meant to be together. With a joint goal of living on a boat and travelling around the world, Maurice and Maralyn’s idyll is shaken, in the most challenging circumstances fathomable, and within the... More

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Tina

“Hoist your mainsail and batten down your hatches: Maurice and Maralyn will take you on an adventure you’ll never forget.”

Everybody loves a voyage into the unknown, where our heroes leap into unknown adventures to return changed by their experience. Maurice and Maralyn has all of the ingredients of a classic ‘Voyage and Return’ tale. Yet... More

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