Equipped with his cheerful optimism and a pith helmet, this Odysseus in a dinghy takes you with him from the borders of north Wales to the Black Sea - 4,900 kilometers over salt and fresh water, under sail, at 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.
|Publisher:||Sheridan House, Incorporated|
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About the Author
A.J. Mackinnon was born in Australia in 1963. He got hDiploma in Education and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, Linguistics and Anglo-Saxon from the University of Adelaide. His teaching career started at Westminster school, Adelaide, where he taught English and Drama for four years. AFter this time he traveled overland England by yacht, hitch-hiking, river-canoe and even horseback-spending a brief time in a Chinese prison after accidentally swimming into China and being attacked by Komodo Dragons, amongst other experiences.
In England he taught at Sherborne and Cheltenham before becoming Head of Drama at Ellesmere College, Shropshire, where he also taught English. From Ellesmere he launched his unlikely voyage aboard his dinghy Jack de Crow. He is currently teaching English and Drama at Geelong Grammar School in Australia where he also coaches sailing.
Table of Contents
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Part One: Bumping into Places
Chapter 1: Teacher's Thief
Chapter 2: The Dinghy and the Dreamer
Chapter 3: Departure and Dismay
Chapter 4: Sails and Stained Glass
Chapter 5: Rapids and Repairs
Chapter 6: Steam Trains and Smooth Sailing
Chapter 7: High Tide to Bristol
Chapter 8: Wi' a Hundred Locks a' A' an' A'
Chapter 9: Death and Dreaming Spires
Chapter 10: Return to Reading
Chapter 11: Capsizes and Colleges
Chapter 12: London and the Law
Part Two: Caution to the Winds
Chapter 13: Dooms and Delays
Chapter 14: Tide on the Thames
Chapter 15: Of Shallows and Shipwrecks
Chapter 16: Cake and Carpentry
Chapter 17: Dashing to Dover
Chapter 18: Crossing to Calais
Chapter 19: Dead Dogs and Englishmen...
Chapter 20: Et in Arcadia Ego
Chapter 21: Farewell to France
Chapter 22: A Jollyboat in Germany
Chapter 23: Contrary Currents and Kindness
Chapter 24: The Kaiser's Canal
Chapter 25: Pigeons and Palaces
Chapter 26: Into the East
Chapter 27: Proud Hearts and Empty Pockets
Chapter 28: Bad Times in Bulgaria
Chapter 29: The Wings of Morning
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In 1997 the author launched a 12 foot dinghy - the Jack de Crow of the title - in the Llangollen canal in North Shropshire in England. He planned to sail or row for two weeks as far as he could go - probably to Gloucester on the River Severn. When he got there he decided to keep going, as you do. This section of his journey ended in London from where he resumed his voyage the following spring. Three thousand miles and 11 countries later, he ended his voyage at the Black Sea, having been blessed with much good fortune and the kindness of strangers.Mackinnon has a degree in English literature and is a teacher of English and drama by profession. The book is liberally sprinkled with literary references (at one point in the voyage, he sets himself the task of memorising a book of John Keats' poetry) and the author's own sketches (he eschews cameras).I first heard of this book after listening to a reading by the author on Australia's Radio National. It made me chuckle and persuaded me to read the book. I'm glad I did as it is an engaging account of a quirky voyage by a slightly eccentric author and, like him, I would like to keep going and read something more from him (perhaps about his earlier travels that he touches on in this book).