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OLD MAN SAILING: Some dreams take a lifetime.

When COVID-19 struck the UK, the government advised the over-70’s to “shield” while the country went into Lockdown. One old man went sailing instead. Single-handed and self-isolated, retired journalist John Passmore used the pandemic to achieve an ambition which had eluded him for 60 years. For 3,629 miles, he disappeared into a world of perfect solitude, adventure and adversity – arriving back 42 days later, short of water and with shredded sails to find himself celebrated on national radio as the embodiment of everybody’s Lockdown dream. This is his story. It is also a story for anyone who ever thought a dream was unattainable.



A new Prime Minister committed to scrapping Britain’s nuclear deterrent – a Russian president meddling in other countries’ elections and an isolationist in the White House…
Does any of this sound familiar?
John Passmore’s prescient novel, written in the 1980’s and set in what was then the future, suddenly becomes terrifyingly relevant today.
As NATO collapses and Russia looks to the West, the future of the world rests in the hands of a submarine captain, his aged father, an old-fashioned reporter and a government secretary in love with a man who is not what he seems…

“Fast-moving and immensely prescient, there are echoes of the early works of Ken Follett and Frederick Forsyth.” – Daily Mail

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3 Responses to Books

  • You were an inspiration on the radio: I was telling all my friends about you. Would definitely buy a book of your sailing adventure: please write it!!
    Bon Voyage!

  • I think you must would be a really interesting read

  • Hello John, I have just listened to you on the radio, brilliant. I have just bought your book, hope that helps you. Keep sailing I admire your approach. Keep safe. Kind regards Ian Mittell. If you have time have a look at me on Facebook.