One Wild Song: A Voyage in a Lost Son's Wake (Hardback)
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One Wild Song: A Voyage in a Lost Son's Wake (Hardback)

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Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 09/04/2015
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When Countrywise presenter Paul Heiney's son Nicholas committed suicide aged 23, Paul and his wife, Times columnist Libby Purves, were rocked to the core. Nicholas had been a highly gifted promising young man, albeit he had struggled to keep his head above water at times as severe depression slowly dragged him down over many years. Nicholas was a keen sailor, with several of his posthumously-published writings having a nautical theme. To try to reconnect with this happier memory of his son, Paul decides to set out - alone - on a voyage he would have liked them to have embarked upon together. Cape Horn is the sailor's Everest. One of the most remote and bleak parts of the world, it takes courage, physical strength and mental fortitude to face its tempestuous seas, violent winds and barren landscape. During the voyage Paul finds a peace of mind and a way to face the future without his son. Poignant, moving, funny, thought provoking and beautifully written, Paul's account of setting his own course through seemingly insurmountable grief makes for a powerful story. Injected with humour, perceptiveness and philosophy, recounting his highs, lows, frustrations and triumphs, the honesty and openness of Paul's story makes this very personal account a universal tale.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781472919489
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 530 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
A terrific adventure into wild and distant waters, and a strong tribute to a son's memory. Paul Heiney's story is a new classic of small-boat seafaring and a fine description of the deep south. * Sir Ranulph Fiennes *
One Wild Song is a little masterpiece, sometimes thrilling, sometimes, hilarious, sometimes almost unbearably moving... A wonderfully told story of the sea, shot through with an author's anguish at the loss of a beloved (and hugely talented) son. I have never read anything like it before and it haunts me still. * John Julius Norwich *
One Wild Song is a shipshape contribution to the shelves of sailing literature. * The Times *
Lyrical and stirring * Daily Mail *
A wonderful book, finely considered and beautifully written, that does not spare us the considerable trials of small-boat voyaging, nor the struggle to make sense of the incomprehensible nature of loss. It is an absorbing, moving journey which explores the wonders and frustrations of the sea as powerfully as it explores the mysteries of the human spirit; a journey which ends where all true journeys should end, with a greater measure of peace and understanding. * Clare Francis, international bestselling novelist *

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