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Has Jerome K Jerome's wonderful "Three Men in a Boat" got a run before this ?

Absolutely nothing to do with sailing but a lovely book on messing about in boats.

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To echo the fuzzy one check out the BBC DVD on Three men in a Boat but even better Three Men in Another Boat.
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OK - been through all 36 pages and did not see these:

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Bernard Cornwell: Wildtrack, Stormchild - both "modern" thriller / sailing / mysteries (he also has lots of other sailing series)

Desmond Bagley - The Golden Keel

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Thanks Rik. My local library had Wildtrack and another of one of his sailing stories "Crackdown", and I just read them both. Both very enjoyable "thriller" type books. I think there are three other similar Cornwell books, which I will ask my library to find (a great service of my local library: if they don't have it, they will look for it from other libraries in the state and borrow it from them for me if it is available). One caveat about Crackdown and Wildtrack: the main character in both was basically the same guy: a former Royal Marine named Nick, who has problems with his father and just wants to sail away to the South Pacific with the girl he loves. I hope the other three books have a little more variety.
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To echo the fuzzy one check out the BBC DVD on Three men in a Boat but even better Three Men in Another Boat.
to clarify something Kenif.....the TV series is a re-enactment not a film of the book itself, Three Men in Another Boat was a second series by the same guys.

The book was turned into a film in the 1950s staring Lawrence Harvey. I've never seen it but would love to get hold of a copy.

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Just finished reading "Godforsaken Sea" by Derek Lundy about the 1996 Vendee Globe. A very good read and primer for the Vendee Globe. I'm 100% cruiser and rarely follow racing, but Lundy does a nice job of bridging the gap.

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Just finished Anthony Bailey's "Coast of Summer", so I'll second (third?) that one.

Harvey Oxenhorn's "Tuning the Rig" - no, not technical, but rather a sailing story of self-discovery; non-fiction.

Some years ago I ran aross a little book whose author I can't remember (it's at home; I'm not) called "What now, Skipper?" It sets up a series of incidents, then puts you at the helm to find a solution. Rather fun.

I grew up on Hornblower and all the books inspired by that one and have to say for the record that I HATE Patrick O'Brien's books. 150 pages and nothing happens! I tried two of them, couldn't take any more boredom.
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Not sure if these have been mentioned and don't have the time to check.

Song of the Sirens by Ernest K Gann

Princess, New York by Joe Richards

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Code, Welcome! I also sailed from an armchair before buying a boat. While you're reading the romantic stories slip Chapman Piloting
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Just got this for Christmas:

Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms,and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories by Simon Winchester

Have very much enjoyed a few of his other books. This one just came out a month or two ago. Read the preface Christmas morning -- couldn't put it down!

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Penguin Book of the Ocean - edited by James Bradley.

I find that these compendiums are great things to have on board for those times when you have nothing else to read. Always packed with old favourites and invariably for me at least, a few previously unknown.

The Oxford Book of the Sea (edited by Jonathan Raban) has been worth its place on board our old girl for donkey's years and now it has shelfmate.

The PBOTO, include snippets from Coleridge, Conrad, Raban, Slocum, H D Thoreau, Steinbeck, Darwin and J Cook, to name a few. Few of us have the shelf space to have all of these works on board but if like me you can get enjoyment from dipping in on the odd occasion then you'll enjoy this.

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Growing up my parents and I loved reading all of the Arthur Ransome books. The very first is Swallows and Amazons and it's so cute! Definitely books that span all ages for enjoyment.
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