A well-writ­ten ad­ven­ture by sea

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Pas­sages by Linda Trubridge Re­viewed by Ka­t­rina Hin­ton, Hast­ings District Li­braries

“This story is for all ex­plor­ers. The pas­sages we weave through our lives find their truth in those we touch along the way” — Linda Trubridge

In the 1980s, Linda Trubridge, her hus­band and two young sons left their es­tab­lished life and re­cently ren­o­vated stone cot­tage in Eng­land to pur­chase a steel yacht named Horn­pipe. Ten years later they would set­tle in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand.

The fam­ily had to be com­pletely self-suf­fi­cient for weeks at time. Linda’s hus­band David was re­spon­si­ble for nav­i­gat­ing by the stars and sun to en­sure they ar­rived safely at tiny is­land des­ti­na­tions. Linda’s re­spon­si­bil­i­ties re­flected the of­ten ‘in­vis­i­ble’ work of women ev­ery­where, as she ed­u­cated, cared for and guided her chil­dren through life ‘pas­sages’ in ev­ery sense of the word, while try­ing to main­tain a sense of self and adult re­la­tion­ships in a very small space.

What is strik­ing about Linda’s au­to­bi­og­ra­phy is her elo­quent writ­ing style, which is al­most po­etic at times. There is also a cer­tain spir­i­tual el­e­ment to Linda’s life, ev­i­dent in her yoga train­ing and affin­ity with na­ture. Pas­sages is an hon­est and frank bi­og­ra­phy and al­though many as­pects of the trip are idyl­lic (beau­ti­ful trop­i­cal is­lands in the Car­ib­bean and Pa­cific any­one?) this is an in­cred­i­bly open and hon­est story.

The Trubridges are a fam­ily of cre­ative and re­source­ful peo­ple, which must surely in part be in­flu­enced by their amaz­ing ex­tended sea voy­ages and ad­ven­tures.

Linda is an artist and yoga teacher, David a world-renowned fur­ni­ture and light­ing de­signer.

Son Sam is an artis­tic per­for­mance di­rec­tor and son Wil­liam a world-record hold­ing free­d­iver.

Lovely draw­ings from all fam­ily mem­bers are scat­tered through­out the text.

Rec­om­mended.

■ Hear Linda Trubridge speak as part of the Pub­lish­ers Book Expo, Have­lock North Li­brary, Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 14, 6.45pm. Tick­ets $5, avail­able from Hast­ings District Li­braries.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.hast­ingsli­braries.co.nz or phone 871 5000.

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