Wayward Sailor: In Search of the Real Tristan Jones
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Wayward Sailor: In Search of the Real Tristan Jones

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He died in 1995, but his nautical adventure books continue to bring entertainment and escape to legions of fans worldwide. He was larger than life, perhaps the most successful sailing writer of the twentieth century. But, as Anthony Dalton's meticulously researched biography reveals, Tristan Jones was not who he said he was. "Wayward Sailor" began as an uncomplicated tribu...more
Hardcover, 350 pages
Published April 22nd 2003 by International Marine Publishing
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Andrew Russell
Although this was easy to read and didn't take me long to get through, by the end I was beginning to dislike the author more than I disliked Tristan Jones, in spite of the latter's compulsive avoidance of the truth. This was because Dalton seemed to focus more intently on what Jones did not do, rather than on what he did do. This gave the text the complexion of a character assassination, rather than a biography. Moreover, at times I felt almost sympathetic towards Tristan Jones, given that Dalto...more
Tom Baker
I have read all of Tristan's books and I will not be deflated. Jones was a consummate sailor of my dreams and a wonderful writer.
Jen
Jan 30, 2009 Jen rated it 3 of 5 stars
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I read this book, about a Welsh sailor, because I had just finished studying abroad in Swansea, Wales for a semester. I love Wales and I love sailing so I figured this would be the book for me. The amount of research behind this book is to be marveled at, but the book itself is a bit tedious because of it. I felt as though for every line of truth about Tristan Jones, there were few of those, had to be backed up by thirty pages of evidence - no exaggeration. It is a good and fascinating read, but...more
R.Bruce Macdonald
The author takes a sadistic pleasure in bursting the bubble of Jones' life. Tristan's readers know to take his stories with a large grain of salt. We didn't need Dalton to rub the salt into the wound after Jones' death.
Jack
I suppose this book had to be written, but having enjoyed all of Tristan's books I would of been happier wondering about the facts. Now I feel deceived....
Bill
this book was written by the brother of a very good friend of mine...a very interesting well written biography
Jeremy
Very interesting,shows Tristan Jones for what he really was, a total fantasy in his life and so called deeds.
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