This is the story of a young(ish) woman who had the courage to listen to her instinct, walk away from her seemingly conventional life and re-invent herself as an ocean explorer and climate change campigner. From a degree at Oxford University, good jobs in business and a seemingly happy marriage to a single handed oar propelled boat is a greater leap than most of us would make. The change from business suits to 12 hour rowing stints clad only in a baseball cap and kangaroo gloves. Coping with the loss of music systems and communications with the outside world, the breakage of her oars and her stove so that all her “ready meals” had to be rehydrated with cold water are just a few of the challenges she experienced during her 100 plus days at sea.
Her honesty about her doubts and insecurities and the admission of the mistakes that she made along the way is disarming. If you are having problems with the direction that your life is taking and you think you might like to change then read this book but be prepared for the changes that may be inspired in you.
If you “just” want to the story of one woman’s adventure then this is a great page-turning read. Incidentally she has carried on rowing and has recently completed the second stage of a solo crossing of the Pacific Ocean.
Don’t just buy a copy for yourself get one for someone as a Christmas present too.
Available from Amazon here.
To read more about the remarkable Roz go to her website www.rozsavage.com