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There are plenty of books written by solo sailors, world cruisers, survivors, etc that make good reading, check any library's nautical section. Some that come to mind are:
Anything written by Myles and Beryl Smeeton
American Promise by Dodge Morgan
Survive the Savage Sea by Dougal Robertson(?)
and there are many others..
In the fiction department, Bernard Cornwall has written several sailing based mystery stories, enjoyable light reading, besides his various other historical novels. One of the greatest sailing stories IMO is still Stirling Hayden's "Voyage", a fictional story of one of the last Clipper ships built to sail round the Horn - very compelling.
Another way to go is to look at Ferenc Mate's series "The World's Best Sailboats" - a gorgeous "coffee table book" with wonderful photos and information on his view of the world's best builders - hours of enjoyable browsing and dreaming there.. there are two volumes.
And perhaps a subscription to a sailing magazine that he may not have, there are some exotic ones,(Superyachts) some British ones (Yachting Monthly) that offer a different perspective, the large format US magazing "Sailing" is another good one... these are not normally at a run-of-the-mill magazine rack.
Good luck, Christmas is fast approaching!
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)