A Mile Down

A Mile Down

Hardback (01 Oct 2015)

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Synopsis

In this inspirational memoir, internationally bestselling author David Vann tells the true story of building his own sailing ship and of the disastrous voyage that ensues.

As a thirty-year-old tourist in Turkey, David Vann stumbles across the steel frame of a ninety-foot sailboat and decides to fulfill a long-buried dream: he will rebuild the boat. From friends, family, and credit cards, he borrows $150,000 to construct the ship and achieve his ambition.

However, when the Turkish builders take shameless advantage of him, eventually charging him over $500,000, Vann finds himself on the edge of financial ruin and decides to start a chartering business. Battling with construction nightmares, spiraling debts and freak storms, Vann begins to wonder if he is merely repeating his father's failures at sea, and a career that led to tragedy.

At once a page-turning memoir of adventure on the open ocean and a tale of one man's attempt to overcome fate and realise his dream, A Mile Down is an unforgettable story of struggle and redemption by a writer of rare power.

Book information

ISBN: 9780434021956
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: William Heinemann
Pub date:
DEWEY: 813.6
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 238
Weight: 440g
Height: 226mm
Width: 147mm
Spine width: 27mm