OVER THE TOP
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.