Published: 28/11/2015
ISBN: 9781784624842
eISBN: 9781784626372
Format: Paperback/eBook

"Authoritative, entertaining work in an easy style from a man who knows his subject inside and out, and clearly loves Greece and loves sailing. The fact that Julian can write with openness, warmth and easy wit makes this an exceptionally good travel book and a highly rewarding read." – David Baboulene, author of 'Story Book', 'Story Theory', 'Ocean Boulevard' and 'Jumping Ships' 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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The Trojan Walrus
A Stout English Sailor Infiltrates the Aegean Sea
by Julian Blatchley

Blatchley’s Second Law of Nautical Recreation: One meets a better class of people in collisions.

Julian is a stout Englishman, no doubt about that: So why, when fortune deposits him in Greece, does he get the feeling that he has come home? He also appears to be without employment. With immediate and decisive action obviously called for, he relaxes and waits to see what will happen next.

Early blooms are radiant in the Mediterranean sun as Greece’s sailing season comes fitfully to life. Easily seduced by this lifestyle and by the promise of the coming summer, the Falstaffian intruder decides to make his new employment as a yacht-charter skipper in the sun-drenched, pristine, watercolour amphitheatre of the Aegean Sea. They’ve already fallen for a Trojan horse… let’s see how they feel about a Trojan walrus.

Follow Julian as he attempts to sidle into the Aegean yachting world, negotiating in turn the Byzantine complexities of navigation, customs, marine regulations, romance, peer-pressure and the roasting of entire pigs in the Wine-Dark Sea.

A sequel to Adjacent to the Argonauts(which received many 5-star ratings) this is a comical romp through the Aegean in which we see, from the author’s affectionate perspective and through his maladroit experiences, the places, customs, history, cuisine and attitudes which go to make the anarchic jigsaw of this beautiful, captivating sea.

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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.

Westmorland Gazette

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