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What to read on the Vendee Globe Round the world race


‘I see that Alex Thomson, who is sailing solo around the world in the Vendée Globe race, has taken all of Bernard Cornwell’s Sharpe novels on his Kindle. What other books would readers pack for the three-month, 26,000-mile race? - Peter Shelton, Leeds’

BambooBar: Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series. The nautical theme is purely coincidental; they would keep you happy whatever activity you were engaged in.

Chrístõ: Patrick O'Brian's fine literary style would send a bone-weary solo sailor to sleep before they’d read a single paragraph. Much better would be the modern James Bond pastiches by Ian Fleming, Kingsley Amis, Christopher Wood, John Gardner, Raymond Benson, Sebastian Faulks, Jeffery Deaver, William Boyd, Anthony Horowitz, Charlie Higson, Steve Cole, etc. Take your pick!

What would forumites take?

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