At Greenwich in June 1967, Queen Elizabeth II, using the sword used by the first Queen Elizabeth to knight Sir Francis Drake, knighted Sir Francis Chichester. At the age of 64, suffering from cancer, and sailing a 54-foot boat, he had achieved the first true solo circumnavigation, making only one stop on the voyage. Born in Devon in 1901, Francis Chichester was one of life's big achievers. While still a boy, he opted for life in the fast lane. He left school for a wider education and found it building a fortune in New Zealand, flying solo from London to Sydney, hazarding a seaplane journey from Australia to Japan and racing typhoons off China. He sought great challenges and met them with courage and determination, as he did lung cancer. THE LONELY SEA AND THE SKY, written after he won the first Observer Single-Handed Transatlantic Race in 1960, is his extraordinary story. A remarkable book by a remarkable individual BOOKS AND BOOKMEN
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Francis Chichester's memoirs are chronicled into a diary of his twentieth- century life of travel and adventure, punctuated throughout by danger and close calls with death. He was knighted by Elizabeth II after he became the first man to circumnavigate the world alone in a 54-foot boat. Emotionally, the hero seems reptilian. For example, while Chichester is away flying, his wife dies, and the only emotion he remembers is "surprise," because she hadn't been sick. Christopher Kay's upper-class British English and precise speech make him a perfect choice to create a live performance from dusty memories. The taped recordings are of low fidelity, making the sound muddy. J.A.H. © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Descripción 1985-07-05., 1985. Estado de conservación: New. Pan Books. New edition. Paperback. Book: GOOD. 400pp. . Nº de ref. de la librería NF-1735665
Descripción Pan Books. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. UNUSED, VERY GOOD, NOT EX-LIBRARY, bend in cover, tanned edges, cover is different to the one on Amazon, 400 pages. At the age of 18 and with a taste for adventure, Francis Chichester emigrated to New Zealand with only ten pounds in his pocket. With the impetuousness of youth he tried his hand at a myriad of jobs, and by the age of 26 he had been a farmhand, a boxer, a shepherd, a lumberjack, a member of three trade unions - the Firemen's, the Miners' and the Timber Workers' - a railway worker, a gold prospector, a coal miner, a door-to-door salesman, and a land agent. And it was only then that his real adventures began. It would be from a chance business venture that Chichester would discover the passion for travel that would change his life. With a fellow risk-taker, he helped to establish an early aviation company and began to fly the planes - though not necessarily with an immediate talent. But enthusiasm and experience made him a leader of the field, and in 1929 he embarked on his most famous flight: a solo enterprise in the "Gipsy Moth" from England to Australia. He was the second person ever to accomplish that feat. He was a great sailor as well as aviator, and he won a trans-Atlantic race in the yacht "Gipsy Moth III", and in 1967 he was knighted. This is Sir Francis Chichester's autobiography - a tale of ardour and adventure, of intrepid endeavours on land, on the sea and in the air, and of the physical and mental challenges he faced. Nº de ref. de la librería 14289