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Sea Fever: The True Adventures that Inspired our Greatest Maritime Authors, from Conrad to Masefield, Melville and Hemingway (Paperback)
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Sea Fever: The True Adventures that Inspired our Greatest Maritime Authors, from Conrad to Masefield, Melville and Hemingway (Paperback)

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Paperback 336 Pages / Published: 11/02/2016
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How did a big-game fishing trip rudely interrupted by sharks inspire one of the key scenes in Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea? How did Robert Louis Stevenson's cruise to the cannibal-infested South Sea islands prove instrumental in his writing of The Beach of Falesa and The Ebb Tide? How did Masefield survive Cape Horn and a near-nervous breakdown to write Sea Fever? The waters of this world have swirled through storytelling ever since the Celts spun the tale of Beowulf and Homer narrated The Odyssey. This enthralling book takes us on a tour of the most dangerous, exciting and often eccentric escapades of literature's sailing stars, and how these true stories inspired and informed their best-loved works. Arthur Ransome, Erskine Childers, Jack London and many others are featured as we find out how extraordinary fact fed into unforgettable fiction.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781472908841
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 264 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


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Jefferson is an entertaining storyteller in his own right, which directs the book's scope towards a continuation of the tradition of 'spinning yarns' that he admires in his subjects. * Sea History magazine (US) *
Direct and punchy prose cuts to the heart of each subject and opens a window into the reality behind these famous works of fiction. * Soundings (US) *
The true adventures of some of these writers were often more exciting than the fiction. * Daily Mail *

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