• Maurice and Maralyn
  • Maurice and Maralyn
  • Maurice and Maralyn
  • Maurice and Maralyn
  • Maurice and Maralyn
  • Maurice and Maralyn
  • Maurice and Maralyn
  • Maurice and Maralyn
  • Maurice and Maralyn
  • Maurice and Maralyn

Maurice and Maralyn: A Whale, a Shipwreck, a Love Story

Hardback Published on: 29/02/2024
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Maurice and Maralyn
Memorable and utterly immense
Some people are just meant to be together. With a joint goal of living on a boat and travelling around the world, Maurice and Maralyn’s idyll is shaken, in... READ MORE
Phill - Waterstones Bookseller
Maurice and Maralyn
Gripping and very truthful about human endurance.
I had a preview copy of this and found it utterly wonderful. The human story of Maurice and Marilyn’s marriage, coupled with what happens to them at sea ma... READ MORE
Jo at Swansea
Maurice and Maralyn
Perfect for lovers of Winn's The Salt Path.
In 1973 Maurice and Maralyn set out on an around the world trip. to New Zealand Maurice wants it to be a authentic sailing experience so they don't have a ... READ MORE
Tracey McHardy
Maurice and Maralyn
A dream, a shipwreck, a marriage
“For what else is a marriage, really, if not being stuck on a small raft with someone and trying to survive?” This single sentence encapsulates the swee... READ MORE
Beth at Chesterfield
Maurice and Maralyn
Two ordinary people, one extraordinary story
The true story of Maurice and Maralyn Bailey who were briefly famous in 1973 having survived 118 days in a life raft, adrift in the Pacific Ocean following... READ MORE
Clare at Farnham
Maurice and Maralyn
A joy to read!
An absolutely delightful book! I had no idea what to expect, but immediately found that I couldn’t put this book down! Maurice and Maralyn were meant for... READ MORE
neenom
Maurice and Maralyn
Maurice and Maralyn
A test for even the strongest relationship. One that for the majority of people would be so hard to imagine. Poignant and tender this could be a novel but ... READ MORE
Libby at Truro

Synopsis

What begins as an eccentric English love story turns into one of the most dramatic adventures ever recorded...

Maurice and Maralyn couldn't be more different. He is as cautious and awkward as she is charismatic and forceful. It seems an unlikely romance, but it works.

Bored of 1970s suburban life, Maralyn has an idea: sell the house, build a boat, leave England -- and its oil crisis, industrial strikes and inflation -- forever. It is hard work, turning dreams into reality, but finally they set sail for New Zealand. Then, halfway there, their beloved boat is struck by a whale. It sinks within an hour, and the pair are cast adrift in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

On their tiny raft, over the course of days, then months, their love is put to the test. When Maurice begins to withdraw into himself, it falls upon Maralyn to keep them both alive. Their pet turtle helps, as does devising menus for fantasy dinners and dreaming of their next voyage.

Filled with danger, spirit and tenderness, this is a book about human connection and the human condition; about how we survive -- not just at sea, but in life.

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781784744922
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Weight: 380g
  • Dimensions: 218 x 144 x 28 mm

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Maurice and Maralyn
Gripping
This was fascinating. It reads like fiction, it's such a strange story. I was absolutely hooked from the outset. Much like the issues that Maurice and Mari... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley
Maurice and Maralyn
Hoist your mainsail and batten down your hatches: Maurice and Maralyn will take you on an adventure you’ll never forget.
Everybody loves a voyage into the unknown, where our heroes leap into unknown adventures to return changed by their experience. Maurice and Maralyn has all... READ MORE
Tina
Maurice and Maralyn
A love story
A fascinating castaway story and also a beautiful love story. I do tend to love nautical adventures and keep being drawn to them. This was a unique tale a... READ MORE
Ophelia Gartside
Maurice and Maralyn
A Moving story about survival
Maurice and Maralyn Bailey became household names in 1973 after managing to survive 118 days adrift at sea after their yacht sunk after being struck by a... READ MORE
Stephen - the bookworm
Maurice and Maralyn
A moving story about love and survival
Maurice and Maralyn Bailey became household names in 1973 after managing to survive 118 days adrift at sea after their yacht sunk after being struck by a... READ MORE
Stephen - the bookworm
Maurice and Maralyn
Superb!
This is a superb read and one that I wouldn't have heard about if it wasn't for Vintage Influencers - and, of course, NetGalley's generosity with providing... READ MORE
Matthew Tett
Maurice and Maralyn
Beautifully written, very enjoyable.
“You only truly possess that which you cannot lose in a shipwreck.” ‎― أبو حامد الغزالي This is the amazing true story of Maurice and Maralyn Bailey’s ... READ MORE
Maureen Ellis
Maurice and Maralyn
An incredible story of an amazing adventure
An amazing tue story, of a young couple - Maurice and Maralyn, who both don’t conform to general life in the late swinging 1960’s! Maurice loves to sail an... READ MORE
Janet Honnoraty
Maurice and Maralyn
An incredible story, incredibly told!
'Maurice and Maralyn' is an outstanding work of narrative non-fiction that tells the incredible true story of a married English couple's survival against t... READ MORE
Stephen Dilley
Maurice and Maralyn
A tale of courage, fortitude and love
Maurice and Maralyn is based on a true story, one of courage, fortitude and love. The couple met and married in the 1960s and embarked on life together in ... READ MORE
Nicola
Maurice and Maralyn
This is quite a fascinating book to read
This is quite a fascinating book to read. The incredible story of Maurice and Marilyn is told vividly and I was really taken in by the story. Couldn't put ... READ MORE
Monique Gadella