The Unlikely Voyage of Jack De Crow

Author: A. J. Mackinnon

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1574093436

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 356

View: 6803


Mackinnon recounts his own fascinating journey from north Wales to the Black Sea in a small Mirror dinghy. A marvelous madcap adventure, told with verve and humor by the indefatigable ‘captain.’

The Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow

Author: Alexander James Mackinnon

Publisher: Black Incorporated

ISBN: 9781863956659

Category: Sailing

Page: 368

View: 5909


'A couple of quiet weeks sailing the River Severn was the intention. Somehow things got out of hand - a year later I had reached Romania and was still going . . . ' Truly hilarious books are rare. Even rarer are those based on real events. Join A.J. Mackinnon, your charming and eccentric guide, on an amazing voyage in a boat called Jack de Crow. Equipped with his cheerful optimism and a pith helmet, this Australian Odysseus in a dinghy travels from the borders of North Wales to the Black Sea - 4,900 kilometres over salt and fresh water, under sail, at the oars, or at the end of a tow-rope - through twelve countries, 282 locks and numerous trials and adventures, including an encounter with Balkan pirates. Along the way he experiences the kindness of strangers, gets very lost, and perfects the art of slow travel.

The Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow

Author: A.J. Mackinnon

Publisher: Black Inc.

ISBN: 1743822510

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

View: 3072


Truly hilarious books are rare. Even rarer are those based on real events. Join A.J. Mackinnon, your charming and eccentric guide, on an amazing voyage in a boat called Jack de Crow. Equipped with his cheerful optimism and a pith helmet, this Australian Odysseus in a dinghy travels from the borders of North Wales to the Black Sea – 4900 kilometres over salt and fresh water, under sail, at the oars, or at the end of a tow-rope – through twelve countries, 282 locks and numerous trials and adventures, including an encounter with Balkan pirates. Along the way he experiences the kindness of strangers, gets very lost, and perfects the art of slow travel.

The Well at the World's End

Author: A. J. Mackinnon

Publisher: Skyhorse + ORM

ISBN: 151070213X

Category: Travel

Page: 378

View: 5985


“There is an illicit and vicarious pleasure in reading the details of another traveler’s follies, mistakes and near death experiences . . . Fascinating” (Good Reading Magazine). When A.J. Mackinnon quits his job in Australia, he knows only that he longs to travel to the well at the world’s end, a mysterious pool on a remote Scottish island whose waters, legend has it, hold the secret to eternal youth. Determined not to fly—he claims it would feel as though he were cheating—he sets out with a backpack, some fireworks, and a map of the world and trusts that chance will take care of the rest. Traveling by land and sea, train, truck, horse and yacht, Mackinnon travels across the world, getting caught up in a series of hilarious, sometimes surreal, adventures. He survives a near-fatal bus crash in Australia, accidentally marries a Laotian princess, is attacked by a komodo dragon, and does time in a sketchy Chinese jail, among many other mishaps and misadventures along the way. Each new continent and each new mode of transport brings the possibility of a near-miss or happy accident, all on the quest for eternal youth. This is the astonishing true story of a remarkable voyage. “A great travel writer and more importantly a great traveler.” —Sydney Morning Herald “Travel literature either makes your feet itch or settles you down in a comfy chair with a Scotch handy. A.J. Mackinnon’s book belongs to the latter variety . . . his narrative should please the vicarious traveler.” —The Sunday Age “A delight.” —The Herald Sun

The Well at the World’s End

Author: A. J. Mackinnon

Publisher: Black Inc.

ISBN: 1921870397

Category: Travel

Page: 320

View: 7313


“This is a wonderful book ... warm, humorous and entertaining.” – Bookseller+Publisher When A.J. Mackinnon quits his job in Australia, he knows only that he longs to travel to the Well at the World’s End, a mysterious pool on a remote Scottish island whose waters, legend has it, hold the secret to eternal youth. Determined not to fly (‘It would feel like cheating’), he sets out with a rucksack, some fireworks and a map of the world and trusts chance to take care of the rest. By land and by sea, by train, truck, horse and yacht, he makes his way across the globe – and through a series of hilarious adventures. He survives a bus crash in Australia, marries a princess in Laos, is attacked by Komodo dragons and does time in a Chinese jail. The next lift – or the next near-miss – is always just a happy accident away. This is the astonishing true story of a remarkable voyage, an old-fashioned quest by a modern-day adventurer. “One of the most enjoyable books I have ever read ... a marvellous read by a travel writer with a unique style.” – The Canberra Times A.J. Mackinnon is the author of The Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow and The Well at the World’s End. He was born in Australia in 1963 and he spent his childhood between England and Australia, travelling as a small boy with his family on the last P&O liners to sail between the two countries. His interests include painting, philosophy, writing, conjuring and home-made fireworks.

Contemporary Authors

Author: Lisa Kumar

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780787667047

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 452

View: 6872


A biographical and bibliographical guide to current writers in all fields including poetry, fiction and nonfiction, journalism, drama, television and movies. Information is provided by the authors themselves or drawn from published interviews, feature stories, book reviews and other materials provided by the authors/publishers.

Complete Sea Kayak Touring

Author: Jonathan Hanson

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 9780071461283

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 240

View: 8716


Whether you're thinking about your first weekend outing or planning an extended trip to a remote coast, Complete Sea Kayak Touring will raise your paddling, seamanship, and trip management abilities to the next level. It's the most comprehensive and up-to-date guide available for sea kayak touring and camping.

Library Journal

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Libraries

Page: N.A

View: 4616