The Voyages of the Princess Matilda (Paperback)
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The Voyages of the Princess Matilda (Paperback)

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Paperback 384 Pages / Published: 23/02/2012
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'Tim and I both understood we had done something really stupid. We had underestimated the danger involved in going out to sea. We had no radio, compass, life raft or flares. In other words, we were a couple of idiots.' This is the story of Shane and Timothy Spall and their Dutch barge The Princess Matilda. After a summer on the Thames they head out to sea with only a road atlas and a vast amount of ignorance - and it is absolutely terrifying! On their travels, memories are triggered of childhood trips to the seaside, but also of more recent times. A decade before, Tim had been diagnosed with acute leukaemia and was given only days to live. Shocked at how life can pass you by they decided that when, and if, Tim got better, they would buy a boat. As Tim and Shane explore the coast from the Medway to Cornwall, eventually they start to wonder, could they make it out of England altogether? Could Matilda make it to ... Wales?! Taking over five years, The Voyages of The Princess Matilda is a minor epic,charting a very personal, moving and uplifting story of an everyday couple's adventure around their much loved homeland.

Publisher: Ebury Publishing
ISBN: 9780091941802
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 432 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"A beautifully crafted, moving and funny book, stuffed with adventure and massive, palpable love. I want to belong to the Spall family NOW, please" -- Dawn French
"Shane and Tim Spall stand shoulder to shoulder in a sea adventure that's funny, delightful, scary - and given their minimal knowledge of seafaring at the outset, occasionally beggars belief. It's a laugh and cry book - I really loved it" -- Jo Brand
"[The Spalls at Sea] 'brilliantly watchable seafaring series'" * Guardian *
"Tender, warm and wise: like all the best adventures, Shane Spall's wonderful travel memoir stays in the memory long after the trip itself is over..." -- Michael Simkins
"[The Spalls at Sea] 'a little gem'" * Independent *

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“Excellent”

loved every moment It is a lovely story of two people who have decided to follow a dream
Traveling around the coast of Britain aboard their Dutch barge the Princess Matilda.
This book brings you the highs and the lows... More

Paperback edition
4th March 2012
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“Lovely Couple; Moving Book”

I bought this book for my husband following our huge enjoyment of the recent TV series of the same name. I can't wait to read it for myself when he has finished it, and look forward to reading about this very... More

Paperback edition
19th April 2012
Helpful? Upvote 30

“brilliant”

have loved reading every word of this bookthanks shane and tim

Paperback edition
28th March 2012
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