THE SET OF THE SAILS by Alan Villiers
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THE SET OF THE SAILS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Villiers' first book in eight years, this is fresh and sparkling autobiography and the chronicle of a good and adventurous life spent largely at sea. Born in Melbourne at the beginning of the century when sailing ships were starting to disappear, he was drawn to the sea in early boyhood, embarked on his seagoing career at the age of fifteen. Sailing many seas in all types of ships, including his own, he encountered many hardships which were cancelled out by the freedom, excitement, comradeship of this way of life. Interludes ashore when he was unable to get a ship tell of the writing of his earlier books, contractual entanglements with shyster lawyers, a short journalistic career, etc. A personal history of considerable enthusiasm and a nostalgia for the days of the great Cape Horners.

Publisher: Scribner