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    Description'Tim and I both understood we had done something really stupid. We had underestimated the danger involved in going out to sea. We had no radio, compass, life raft or flares. In other words, we were a couple of idiots'. This is the story of Shane and Timothy Spall and their Dutch barge The Princess Matilda. After a summer on the Thames they head out to sea with only a road atlas and a vast amount of ignorance - and it is absolutely terrifying! On their travels, memories are triggered of childhood trips to the seaside, but also of more recent times. A decade before, Tim had been diagnosed with acute leukaemia and was given only days to live. Shocked at how life can pass you by they decided that when, and if, Tim got better, they would buy a boat. As Tim and Shane explore the coast from the Medway to Cornwall, eventually they start to wonder, could they make it out of England altogether? Could Matilda make it to ...Wales? Taking over five years, "The Voyages of The Princess Matilda" is a minor epic, charting a very personal, moving and uplifting story of an everyday couple's adventure around their much loved homeland.


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    Title
    The Voyages of the Princess Matilda
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Shane Spall
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 384
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 432 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780091941802
    ISBN 10: 0091941806
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 13690
    BIC E4L: TRV
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.5
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBKE
    BIC subject category V2: WTL
    BISAC V2.8: SPO005000
    BIC subject category V2: WSSN, 1DBKE
    DC23: 797.10922
    Thema V1.0: SPN
    Publisher
    Ebury Press
    Imprint name
    Ebury Press
    Publication date
    01 March 2012
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    SHANE SPALL is from a large Midlands family. Her mother called her Number Five and her father after a character in a Western, played by Alan Ladd. As a teenager in the 70s she worked in a Quaker hotel in Birmingham and on her day off would sit in New Street station and wonder where everyone was going. She now knows they were mostly going to work or coming home. The day that the young actor Timothy Spall arrived at New Street in 1981 she was in a council flat a few miles away. They could have been ships that had passed in the night but he sought her out because he had fallen passionately in love with her when he had accidentally touched her arm one night. The young actor now gets to play parts called 'old man' but is considered to be a 'national treasure'. He's a bit of a show off, but his wife doesn't mind, she keeps his feet on the ground. They have three children and used to have a bulldog that couldn't swim and a goldfish but they fostered it out as it got lonely staying home on its own.
    Review quote
    "A beautifully crafted, moving and funny book, stuffed with adventure and massive, palpable love. I want to belong to the Spall family NOW, please" -- Dawn French "Shane and Tim Spall stand shoulder to shoulder in a sea adventure that's funny, delightful, scary - and given their minimal knowledge of seafaring at the outset, occasionally beggars belief. It's a laugh and cry book - I really loved it" -- Jo Brand "[The Spalls at Sea] 'brilliantly watchable seafaring series'" Guardian "Tender, warm and wise: like all the best adventures, Shane Spall's wonderful travel memoir stays in the memory long after the trip itself is over..." -- Michael Simkins "'the Spalls are delightful'" -- Sam Wollaston
    Back cover copy
    'Tim and I both understood we had done something really stupid. We had underestimated the danger involved in going out to sea. We had no radio, compass, life raft or flares. In other words, we were a couple of idiots.' This is the story of Shane and Timothy Spall and their Dutch barge The Princess Matilda. After a summer on the Thames they head out to sea with only a road atlas and a vast amount of ignorance - and it is absolutely terrifying! On their travels, memories are triggered of childhood trips to the seaside, but also of more recent times. A decade before, Tim had been diagnosed with acute leukaemia and was given only days to live. Shocked at how life can pass you by, they decided that when, and if, Tim got better, they would buy a boat. As Tim and Shane explore the coast from Medway to Cornwall, eventually they start to wonder, could they make it out of England altogether? Could Matilda make it to ... Wales?! 'Shane and Tim Spall stand shoulder to shoulder in a sea adventure that's funny, delightful and scary ... It's a laugh and cry book - I really loved it' Jo Brand