The Lonely Sea and The Sky.

by Francis Chichester

Hardcover, 1964



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Coward-McCann, Inc. (1964), Edition: First Edition, 352 pages


The complete autobiography of the great adventurer Sir Francis Chichester, the first and fastest man to singlehandedly circumnavigate the globe. Aged 18 and with a taste for adventure, Francis Chichester emigrated to New Zealand with ten pounds in his pocket. He tried his hand at a number of ill-fated careers -a boxer, shepherd, lumberjack, and gold prospector, to name a few before returning to England. Having qualified as a pilot, in 1929 he embarked on his most famous solo flight in the de Havilland Gipsy Moth from England to Australia. Shortly afterward, he survived a near-death catastrophe in an attempt to fly solo around the world. Turning to sailing, he won the first single-handed transatlantic yacht race in Gipsy Moth III, despite having been diagnosed with cancer two years previously. In 1967, he became the first person to sail around the world solo from west to east via the great capes. Here, his entire life - including his greatest failures and successes - are told by the man who experienced it all first hand. A foreword from his son, Giles Chichester, is also included.… (more)

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LibraryThing member kenno82
Chichester had a very direct writing style, which I assume was very much in line with his character - a person defined by his actions and the next challenge. This is the third book of his that I have read. In a way, I am working backwards through his life. I started with his circumnavigation of the
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globe by sail and subsequent knighthood. In this book I find context with his earlier achievements in flight and navigation and listlessness as a young man. Typically of Chichester, this book provides little detail of internal thought and relationships, but delivers on giving you a sense of what he was able to accomplish and his desire to throw himself in the deep end to succeed in new pursuits.
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352 p.
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