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Adrian Flana­gan, Ad­lard Coles

‘What started out as a sin­gle­handed voy­age had be­come any­thing but.’ A solo cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion had been Adrian Flana­gan’s dream since he was 15 and read Fran­cis Chich­ester. His story be­gins with in­tense in­di­vid­u­al­ism; sep­a­rat­ing from his wife, de­ter­mined to achieve some­thing unique, swept over­board after ne­glect­ing his prom­ise to wear a har­ness. It de­vel­ops much more in­ter­est­ingly as he is forced to ac­cept his de­pen­dence on oth­ers; on his yacht Barrabas, on his ex wife Louise, on all the peo­ple who en­able his pas­sage west­wards round the Horn and through Rus­sia’s North­ern Sea Route. Even the mur­der of dis­si­dent Litvi­nenko may have contributed to achiev­ing the necessary per­mis­sions. Flana­gan’s re­flec­tions on his jour­ney are im­pres­sively hon­est.

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