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One wild song - a voyage in a lost son's wake
Paul Heiney
Paperback / softback
Adlard Coles
UK Publication Date

When Countrywise presenter Paul Heiney's son Nicholas committed suicide aged 23, Paul and his wife, Times columnist Libby Purves, were rocked to the core. Nicholas had been a highly gifted promising young man, albeit he had struggled to keep his head above water at times as severe depression slowly dragged him down over many years.
Nicholas was a keen sailor, with several of his posthumously-published writings having a nautical theme. To try to reconnect with this happier memory of his son, Paul decides to set out - alone - on a voyage he would have liked them to have embarked upon together. Cape Horn is the sailor's Everest. One of the most remote and bleak parts of the world, it takes courage, physical strength and mental fortitude to face its tempestuous seas, violent winds and barren landscape.
Poignant, moving, funny, thought provoking and beautifully written, Paul's account of setting his own course through seemingly insurmountable grief makes for a powerful story. Injected with humour, perceptiveness and philosophy, recounting his highs, lows, frustrations and triumphs, the honesty and openness of Paul's story makes this very personal account a universal tale.

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Paul Heiney is a well known writer and broadcaster with seafaring in his blood. His family, originally from Yorkshire, were beach fishermen and lifeboatmen. He has sailed enthusiastically for over 25 years, making many singlehanded passages. He is the author of One Wild Song and Ocean Sailing.

A terrific adventure into wild and distant waters, and a strong tribute to a son's memory. Paul Heiney's story is a new classic of small-boat seafaring and a fine description of the deep south.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes

One Wild Song is a little masterpiece, sometimes thrilling, sometimes, hilarious, sometimes almost unbearably moving… I have never read anything like it before and it haunts me still.
John Julius Norwich

Lyrical and stirring
Daily Mail

A shipshape contribution to the shelves of sailing literature
The Times

A wonderful book, finely considered and beautifully written... It is an absorbing, moving journey which explores the wonders and frustrations of the sea as powerfully as it explores the mysteries of the human spirit.
Clare Francis, international bestselling novelist

Extraordinarily well written with honesty, power and surprising humour, the book is testament to the healing power of the sea amidst seemingly insurmountable grief.
Practical Sailor (US)

Keyword Index
Sailing - South Atlantic Ocean.|Fathers and sons - England.|Horn, Cape (Chile) - Description and travel.
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Number of Pages
230 , 16 unnumbered of plates

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