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Never Fear

Reliving the Life of Sir Francis Chichester

Sir Francis Chichester (1901–72) lived a large-scale life, the stuff of boy’s adventure novels. With this biography, the first in more than thirty years, his incredible experiences get the treatment they deserve.

Born in rural Devon, Chichester suffered through a troubled childhood and an unhappy education before fleeing for New Zealand right after World War I. The move changed his life dramatically: within ten years he had built a successful business in mining, forestry, and development. He also took up the hobby that would come to define his life: flying. In 1930, he became the first pilot to fly solo from New Zealand to Australia, but his subsequent attempt to circumnavigate the globe was less successful: he crashed in Japan and was lucky to survive. Returning to England, Chichester served in the RAF during World War II, then, in his fifties, took up sailing—and quickly became the most famous yachtsman in the world, completing a trip in 1966 that made him the  first man to officially sail around the world solo.

Never Fear tells all these stories in vivid detail, while also capturing the essence of the man himself, offering a rounded, compelling picture of this larger-than-life character.

320 pages | 12 color plates, 48 halftones | 6 x 9 1/4 | © 2017

Biography and Letters

History: British and Irish History

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"Author Ian Strathcarron delves into the life and exploits of this extraordinary man. He traces the routes; interviews those who assisted Chichester; and fl ies, sails or travels the same courses as the navigation pioneer. This beautifully printed book includes photographs and documents never before seen in print. If you like to read about long-distance solo sailing, you will enjoy this biography."

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Table of Contents

1 Arise, Sir Francis
2 Frying Pans and Fires
3 Making Hay
4 Gipsy Moth
5 Spot On!
6 Sheila and the War
7 Gipsy Moth II
8 Gipsy Moth III
9 Gipsy Moth IV
10 Gipsy Moth V

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