The Strange Last Voyage Of Donald Crowhurst: The Strange Last Voyage Of Donald Crowhurst by Nicholas TomalinThe Strange Last Voyage Of Donald Crowhurst: The Strange Last Voyage Of Donald Crowhurst by Nicholas Tomalin

The Strange Last Voyage Of Donald Crowhurst: The Strange Last Voyage Of Donald Crowhurst

byNicholas Tomalin, Ron Hall

Paperback | October 3, 2017

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In early 1968, desperate entrepreneur Donald Crowhurst was trying to sell a nautical navigation device he had developed when he saw that the Sunday Times would be sponsoring the Golden Globe Race, the first ever solo, round-the-world sailing competition. An avid amateur sailor, Crowhurst sensed a marketing opportunity and shocked the world by entering the competition using an untested trimaran of his own design. Shock soon turned to amazement when he quickly took the lead, checking in by radio message from locations far ahead of his seasoned competitors.

But on July 10, 1969, roughly eight months after he had sailed from England--and less than two weeks from his expected triumphant return--his wife was informed that his boat, the Teignmouth Electron, had been discovered drifting quietly, abandoned in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Crowhurst was missing, assumed drowned. How did he come to such an end when his race had begun with such incredible promise?

In this masterpiece of investigative journalism, Nicholas Tomalin and Ron Hall reconstruct one of the greatest modern stories of one man's descent into self-delusion, public deception, and madness. Based on in-depth interviews with Crowhurst's family and friends, combined with gripping excerpts from his logbooks that revealed (among other things) he had been falsifying his locations all along, Tomalin and Hall paint an unforgettable, haunting portrait of a complex, deeply troubled man and his final fateful journey.
Nicholas Tomalin studied English literature at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He was a featured columnist for the Daily Express, the Sunday Times, and the Evening Standard, before becoming literary editor of the New Statesman. He was nominated for Reporter of the Year for his coverage of the war in Vietnam. Tomalin was killed in Israel in 19...
Title:The Strange Last Voyage Of Donald Crowhurst: The Strange Last Voyage Of Donald CrowhurstFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:304 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:October 3, 2017Publisher:MobiusLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1681441829

ISBN - 13:9781681441825


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic book about a little known case I few months ago, I watched a documentary, Deep Water, which tells the story and included actual footage of Donald and the race, and it really whet my appetite to learn more. Fortunately for me, this was only a month or so before the book was released, so it was a nice build up! Donald Crowhurst was a man from England, who was an enthusiastic, albeit amateur sailor. He had a few failed business ventures and was in a precarious financial position, which led him to enter the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in the hopes of winning the £5,000 prize, which was a lot of money back then. This was a single-handed, around the world yacht race. It is quite a feat to do that alone in modern times- never mind in 1968! I don't want to give too much away, but suffice it to say he was in way, way over his head. This seems clear to everyone involved before he set sail- except him. It is, of course, entirely possible that he did know this, but was so desperate for the money, that he risked it anyway. He then went to great lengths to conceal his challenges, in hopes of winning, as he descends into madness. Having both watched the documentary and read the book, I would say both are worth it. The documentary is great, but merely scratches the surface compared to the book. There is a lot more information included here. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys biography, non-fiction, psychology, history or sailing- that said, even if you don't, I think it's still worth a read.
Date published: 2017-12-28

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