A TOPSUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLERSHORTLISTED FOR THESPORTS BOOK AWARDSLONGLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR The incredible true story of four ordinary working mums from Yorkshire who took on an extraordinary challenge and broke a world record along the wayJanette, Frances, Helen and Niki, though all from Yorkshire, were four very different women, all juggling full time jobs alongside being mothers to each of theirchildren They could never be described as athletes, but they were determined to be busy and the local Saturday morning rowing club was the perfect place to go to have a laugh and a gossip, get the blood pumping in the open air, and feel invigoratedBrought together by their love of rowing, they quickly became firm friends, and it wasnt long before they cooked up a crazy idea over a few glasses of wine together, they were going to do something that fewer people than had gone into space or climbed Everest had succeeded in doing They were going to cross , miles of treacherous ocean in the toughest row in the world, The Talisker Whisky Atlantic ChallengeYes, they had children and husbands that they would be leaving behind for two months, yes they had businesses to run, mortgages to pay, responsibilities And there was that little thing of them all being in their s and sBut two years of planning, preparation, fundraising, training and difficult conversations later, and they found themselves standing on the edge of the San Sebastian harbour in the Canary Islands, petrified, exhilarated and ready to head up the race of their livesThis is the story of how four friends together had the audacity to go on a wild, terrifying and beautiful adventure, not to escape life, but for life not to escape them Such a good read I was recommended this book by someone whose friends have actually rowed across the Atlantic in the Talisker race this year Just attempting this challenge is amazing and I love that these four women have taken the time to write about their experiences The book may not inspire you to row the Atlantic but if it persuades you to push yourself in some small way then it has achieved something wonderful.I found the story completely fascinating with a mixture of wonderment and bewilderment These women are only a few years younger than me Aside from the story, I also found the writing style very engaging and it made the book enjoyable to read The story is told in a sort of first person narrative but as WE rather than I even when writing a book these women are a team They talk so openly and personally that very few people would not be able to become emotionally invested in this journey.I rarely read quotes at the start of chapters in books but quickly realised that these were worth reading as they were very relevant to every part of the challenge each chapter also ends with a quote from the ships log i.e Janette.Emotions run very high and I quickly felt that I knew the four women, living their highs and lows with them although not the blisters and bruises When they reached Antigua I cried and then felt the same low that they did very strange Reading this book won t make me row the Atlantic but it will encourage me to say YES to a few suggestions. really enjoyed this book read it for a book club , not my usual sort of book so ordinarily wouldn t have picked it up Liked that build up , actual event and catch up with mums two years later were all included Also having so much detail of their families and lives helped to know the characters much better and to feel they were women you may actually know revealing all their mistakes along the way made it real Loved the motivational quotes at the start of each chapter this was a book that brought in all emotion , made you laugh and cry along the way Inspirational Easy to read Would recommend. I first stumbled across The Yorkshire Rows when I saw a mini documentary by the BBC A good part of this was interviews with other teams in the Talisker challenge All muscled ultra fit tough men Every team was saying the same sort of stuff It ll be really hard, 60 foot waves, whales upending the boat, isolation, and so on and so on These were followed by The Yorkshire Rows It ll be fine Brilliant My Yorkshire heart swelled with pride This pithy comment encapsulated and validated all my lifelong beliefs and values about Yorkshire.I cannot recommend this book too highly.
- Tapa blanda
- Four Mums in a Boat: Friends who rowed 3000 miles, broke a world record and learnt a lot about life along the way (English Edition)
- Janette Benaddi
- 14 January 2018 Janette Benaddi