Published: 28/01/2015
ISBN: 9781783064847
eISBN: 9781783066162
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About a Village Boy
A memoir
by Chris Dunning

‘Once I had polio I could no longer run and I could no longer play tennis.
I tried other hobbies: walking, swimming, gardening, photography, beekeeping.
And then I tried sailing.’

Chris Dunning overcame the after-effects of polio to win some of the world's biggest ocean racing competitions, including captaining the British Admiral Cup team to victory in 1977. Throughout his life, Chris has suffered the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune while literally sailing through a sea of troubles, all of which is captured perfectly in About A Village Boy.

‘It’s not all been plain sailing...’

From the rural innocence of the post-war British countryside to the greed and corruption of the 1980s, with thrilling anecdotes of sailing horrors and heroics, this book contains first-hand accounts of the devastating storm that hit the Fastnet race of 1979, but also the brilliant Admiral’s Cup victory two years earlier. It is also a personal tale of how Chris lost his mother at a young age and contracted polio in his teens. His passion for life saw him not only succeed in sailing, but also in the business world – he grew one of the leading shopfitting businesses in the country, only to see it crumble before his eyes.

About A Village Boy captures the highs and lows of his extraordinary life.

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