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Islands in a Circle Sea by Sandra Clayton
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Islands in a Circle Sea captures the great diversity and sheer magic of the islands to be found in and around the North Atlantic Ocean, and which Sandra and David Clayton discover sailing their catamaran Voyager. The lush, volcanic Azores. Bahamian coral cays. Bermuda. The historic whaling ports of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. Manhattan's last pre-9/11 summer. England's remote Scilly Isles. With wry humour, and a keen eye, at one moment Sandra can make you laugh at some aspect of domestic life afloat, or revel in a luminous sunset, then transfix you with the terrifying effects of a raging Atlantic gale on a small boat with a crew of only two. Her evocation of the seascapes and islands create pictures in the mind. The marine life is unforgettable, as is the warmth and kindness of the people the Claytons meet along the way. Sandra's writing is enjoyed by many different people. Adventurers. Travellers, actual and armchair. Those who like to read about places they may never visit, or revisit some from a different perspective. And, of course, sailors. This is also a book about two people who gave up home and jobs to have a final fling with life before age and infirmity left them looking over their shoulders thinking, 'If only ...' It is a voyage taken at a particular time. With freedom to roam. In a world about to change forever.

Author Biography

As a free-lance writer my output ranged from general magazine articles to educational puppet plays for children and an award-winning radio play for the BBC. Part of my day job was to make specialist information accessible to the general public. Inevitably, after I took up blue water sailing with my husband, I wrote to make those experiences which I found so compelling accessible to as wide an audience as possible. Through sailing, for which I had no liking initially, I developed a love of the sea. In loving it, I became aware of its fragility. If my books were to achieve anything among readers, apart from an enjoyment of places and people and open spaces, I should want them to see the oceans of the world as the truly extraordinary environments they really are, instead of just a food source and a dumping ground for the world's garbage. There is no more captivating sight than a family of common dolphins teaching two very young calves to swim with your boat, or a pod of 70-foot fin whales observing you minutely as they overtake you at five-times your speed. They do not endanger us. But, sadly, we are constantly damaging them. You can find out more about me and my books on https: //
Release date Australia
January 28th, 2016
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