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Summary

When COVID-19 struck the UK, the government advised the over-70s to "shield" while the country went into lockdown. One old man went sailing instead. Single-handed and self-isolated, retired journalist John Passmore used the pandemic to achieve an ambition that had eluded him for 60 years. For 3,629 miles, he disappeared into a world of perfect solitude, adventure, and adversity, arriving back 42 days later, short of water and with shredded sails, to find himself celebrated on national radio as the embodiment of everybody’s lockdown dream. This is his story. It is also a story for anyone who ever thought a dream was unattainable.

©2021 John Passmore (P)2021 John Passmore

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enjoyed it's immensely

made me laugh a lot, now I have to read his blog until the next book

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Awful narration. Irritating, staccato delivery

Narrator sounds as though he has one lung and is incapable of a full breath. Awful delivery. unlistenable.

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Light and fun

An alternative view on how life should be. I thoroughly enjoyed this booked, just happened to come across it. Really enjoyable and highly recommended

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Could do better

An amazing adventure and a demonstration of awesome skills and self confidence, sadly it's diminished by a lack of humility and the peddling of homeopathic pharmaceuticals!

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Sail away

A great read. Join the “old man” to sail away to the real world. Before you know it you’ll find yourself looking at boats on the internet. !!

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Gripping and brilliant book

Loved it, brilliant and really easy to follow with a great insight into John's life.....would easily recommend.

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  • 05-04-22

A Dull Listen

This was a great book to fall asleep to. Not meaning to take away from the journey this chap has been on but it was just a bit of a laborious listen.

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Inspirational

Great read for sailors and anybody looking for more from life. Highly recommend. Set yourself free.

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Brilliant

From the start to the finish this was a great listen. A book well told and you really could feel you were there. Brilliant

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Wonderful sailing epic story

John’s incredible exploits and adventures sailing are beautifully told. Read with wonder and marvel at the sheer craziness and joy of acting on his passion. Also excellent descriptions of all the sailing terms. A must read for anyone with adventure in their soul.

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  • 22-02-22

Inspirational!

The solo sail John did at 70+ years old was very inspirational. He proves that it’s never too late to get out there and just do it! Cheers

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  • 03-05-22

My new favorite! I hope there is a second book!

I loved this book. What an amazing story and an inspiration perfect for these times.

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  • 31-03-22

Wonderful tale

I thoroughly enjoyed the book - I great read and the narration made it even better.