Lisa from Sharing the Story – a fellow memoir writer – has called for any reader of memoir or the writing of one to join her in a #memoirReview on twitter of reviews of memoirs that you have read. Visit her to find out the full details but it entails no self-promotion, writing a review that tells who benefits from the review ( we are trying to make these reviews ones that are honest and can genuinely be used as a guide to other readers of memoir), who the potential readers of the memoir are or put hashtags as to the theme of the memoir eg #abuse #cancer#adventure# HowTo.
Today I’m reviewing Shooting Stars and Flying Fish by Nancy Knudsen.
I read this memoir in my search for ‘nobody memoirs’. These types of memoirs are written by someone who is not well known prior to writing the memoir i.e. they are not a celebrity or an already well-know author. My other quest was that it was written for no purpose other than the memoirist thinking that she had a jolly good story to tell. Is there a target audience? Definitely Knudsen would have thought her potential market were other sailors. In my opinion it would also appeal to anybody who enjoys true adventure and those that have dreams of their own. I recommended this book to a colleague who dreamt of sailing the world and now she lives in Fiji. Memoir can show that anything is possible and following dreams is worthwhile as they can come true.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book which followed Nancy and her husband as they left high powered business careers and took off sailing around the world for the next 5 years. The memoir commences with an exciting passage where they are fearful that their boat has hit a reef. We are left with adrenaline pumping as we return to Sydney to take part in their final preparations and farewell. This section had double impact for me as their departure point was a place I knew well. I have not read any other sailing memoirs but I think there would be few written from a woman’s perspective, and her descriptions took me as reader into the blues of ocean and sky. Her husband Ted, was a racing sailor and neither had previously cruised. Naturally things went wrong and many things also went right. I learnt about sailing the world, about pirates, Turkey and other countries from a perspective I never thought I’d have. I was fascinated to learn that the Pacific and the Atlantic are two different heights which makes passing from one to the other precarious. She showed us vividly the environmental issues that are threatening the sea. She made me wish I was a sailor and could do the voyage myself.
I would recommend this book to everybody for the adventure and to sailors who are contemplating cruising or just dreaming. Who benefits from this review – hopefully you. I don’t know the author but in obtaining the photograph from Amazon I see that she has written another book Accidentally Istanbul which I will definitely read.
#sailing, #adventure, #seachange, #travel. It was found in the sport section of my local library.