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James Adair read Modern History at the University of St Andrews. He worked for two years as the editor of the Alderney Journal, perhaps the world's smallest paid-for newspaper, wrote a column in the Guernsey Press and wrote freelance articles for The Times' Books and News sections. To finance his dream of rowing an ocean he took a job as a shipbroker with HSBC in London. In the aftermath of his and Ben's incredible journey, he has returned to shipbrokerage.


'A challenge like few others - one that requires total commitment and perseverance in the face of Mother Nature often at her most terrifying. I have huge respect for this brave duo. They knew that the blisters and pain wouldn't last forever! An epic achievement'

-- Bear Grylls

'Funny and terrifying'

-- Hattie Morahan * The Independent *

'A rousing tale of an adventure that most of us could scarcely dream about'

* The Canberra Times *

'An heroic journey'

* The Daily Mail *

'a most readable account of real adventure by brave men'

-- John Blashford-Snell

'This is a truly splendid book, reminiscent, in its celebration of the triumph of cheerful resolve over incompetence, of Eric Newby's A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush. It is a book without artifice of any kind, very funny and with the ring of many appalling truths'

-- Sam Llewellyn

'an excellent read: spirited and funny but also thoughtful, touching and well written'

-- Stephen Taylor

'This is an outstanding book brilliantly written and I very highly recommend it'

* Shipping Magazine *

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