Published: 03/07/2010
ISBN: 9781848762947
eISBN: 9781848769717
Format: Paperback/eBook

'This witty, cynical and insightful book takes you on a journey around the Adriatic [...]. At first glance the book is an innocent but funny adventure story about a boat trip gone wrong – but it turns into an amazing tale of the Englishman's modern Odyssey.' Westmoreland Gazette more

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Julian Blatchley went to sea at the age of seventeen and has not really come back yet. He is expected imminently. After reading Swallows and Amazons at an early age he was convinced he could sail,... read more

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Adjacent to the Argonauts
by Julian Blatchley

This is the story of a light-hearted sailing trip which, despite numerous nautical misadventures, unexpectedly developed into an introduction to Greece so compelling that the narrator has not yet gone home.

Blatchley’s First Law of Nautical Recreation: “The brilliance of the manoeuvre is in inverse proportion to the number of people watching it.”

When three stolid Englishmen take a late-season sailing holiday in Greece, they take with them a number of firm preconceptions about sailing and Mediterranean culture. As they progress erratically through the Saronic and Argolic islands and the coasts of Greece, their notions are radically altered as they learn the hard way about Mediterranean sailing and more gently about the people, geography, cuisine and history of the host nation.

Filled with sea, sunshine, cheerful mayhem and serendipitous discoveries, Adjacent to the Argonauts will charm travel-addicts, Hellenophiles and sailors alike as fate and the good ship Nissos drag Julian, Rex and Malcolm to their unlikely epiphany.

With echoes of Jerome K. Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat, Adjacent to the Argonauts is a humorous sailor’s yarn written for both the Old Salt and Landlubber, describing how the author first came to know and love Greece and the Greeks a quarter of a century ago. It unveils how a light-hearted sailing trip, despite numerous nautical misadventures, unexpectedly developed into an introduction to Greece so compelling that the narrator has made Greece his second home.

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"A brilliant book- not only a travelogue but a history and good food guide as well. A laugh a minute, and at times I could not read about the antics for the tears running down my cheeks. Julian Blatchley has written a seafaring classic. Highly enjoyale and a great read."

-The Nautical Magazine

Adjacent to the Argonauts is not just a book. It is a delicious, boaty, sunny Aegean sailing experience that takes the reader to Greece and gives him a damn good holiday.

Beautifully written and occasionally hilarious, this book deserves to become a best seller.

- David Baboulene, author of Ocean Boulevard and Jumping Ships.

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