• "A seaman himself, Lundy interpolates his own experiences under sail, nicely contrasting modern-day standards and mindsets with 19th-century conditions and attitudes"

    The Times
  • "Lundy, too, has saltwater in his blood and his knowledge of the most arcane seafaring terms and traditions, coupled with careful research on 19th-century square-rigger voyages, makes this a tremendously elucidating, frequently thrilling read-he writes with verve and authority"

    Sunday Telegraph
  • "With this book Lundy leaps into the front ranks of maritime historians"

    Sunday Times
  • "An exceptionally rich and satisfying weave. Hoisting sail aboard his ship Beara Head in 1885, Lundy sails her on an enthralling voyage through maritime literature, history, sociology and folklore... Heir to the tradition of Dana, Melville and Conrad"

    Jonathan Raban
  • "Excellent... Lundy has researched the subject deeply and writes about it with feeling... Powerful, convincing and enthralling"

    Times Literary Supplement