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From Cape Wrath to Finisterre: Sailing the Celtic Fringe (Armchair Traveller)by Bjorn Larsson
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"He has written an unusual book which must stimulate any reader to consider how they experience the world."—The Spectator
From Cape Wrath to Finisterre is both a voyage and an homage to Celtic lands and waters. Plagued by the scourge of restlessness and eager to avoid the stress and repetitiveness of settled living, Björn Larsson sets sails from Denmark around Scotland, through the Irish Sea and onwards to Brittany and Spain. Contemplative musings on life as seen from the cockpit of his yacht make this both a travelogue and a manifesto for a gentler way of life.
Björn Larsson is the author of Long John Silver.
A contemplative and lyrical travel narrative from the author of Long John Silver.
About the Author
Björn Larsson was born in central Sweden in 1953, and was soon smitten by an irresistible wanderlust. At the age of fifteen he spent a year at high school in Arizona. As he puts it himself, "I only went back to Sweden in order to sit my exams, to collect my study loans, and to go to prison."
Björn Larsson has published several academic and technical volumes, ranging from a treatise on the use of French adjectives to an instruction book for deep-sea diving, but he has now achieved considerable success as a novelist, and may soon have to decide whether to give up his day job and devote himself full-time to his boat and his writing.
His first literary book was a collection of short stories, Splitter (Splinters, 1980). But he really made his mark in 1992 with The Celtic Ring, a novel whose main character Larsson says is his boat Rustica. That may be tongue-in-cheek, but it is set largely in Scotland and Ireland where he and Helle spent a year on board Rustica (wintering in Kinsale) before sailing over to Brittany, the Bay of Biscay and Galicia. A key theme in the book is the desire of the Celtic nations to break free from England and form a federation of their own. It is interesting to note that Larsson started to write the novel before the Berlin wall came down, and before devolution came to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. He seems to have anticipated a trend that became widespread throughout Europe — but as he says, it is our good fortune that the process has proceeded rather more smoothly in northern Europe than in Yugoslavia. That was not obvious in 1991 when The Celtic Ring was being written.
Freedom and the seafaring life was also at the heart of Björn Larssons second novel, Long John Silver (1995).
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