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Phoenix from the Ashes: The Boat that Rebuilt Our Lives

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The unputdownable thing about "Phoenix..." is that it takes you to familiar places you've never been... introducing you to strangers by the shore.

Justin and Linda spent seven years traveling between France, Ireland, Scotland, and their much-loved Cornwall. They lived on board a classic boat which they built themselves, as amateurs - starting with the trees - having lost t
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Paperback, 258 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Bloomsbury
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Tim Corke
If you harbour romantic dreams of sustainable living and a slower pace of life then I'd thoroughly recommend Phoenix From The Ashes. Following the life of Justin and Linda as they recover from the sudden inferno and destruction of their home, this account is a modern day adventure story of overcoming the odds and being honest to your dreams.

For most of us deciding to build a traditional timber sailing boat and then to live aboard would be a step too far but for the Ruthven-Tyers family they did
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Debra Richmond
Jun 15, 2012 Debra Richmond rated it really liked it
I was really leery about the quality of the giveaway books. This was the first one that I received and it was delightful. The characters described along the journey were tremendously interesting and I found myself laughing at every page. I'm from the other side of the ocean and a confirmed landlubber, so I read the book with my electronic dictionary in hand, but that too was a joy because I feel cheated if I haven't learned something new from a book. "Phoenix From the Ashes" greatly expanded my ...more
Aaron Deerey
Jul 15, 2012 Aaron Deerey rated it really liked it
I won this book through the Goodreads giveaway and really liked it. It was all fast paced and I would have liked to hear more about the struggles of the build, but overall it was well done. The author talks about all the crazy people that live on boats (not them of course) and the numerous times they almost kill themselves which weaves into an amusing narrative. It will also give you a feel for coastal Britain and Ireland and brings out the similarities and difference of each port they find them ...more
Pete
Apr 11, 2016 Pete rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this. Easy to read - the author is a good storyteller - the book flips easily between the 'story' and the anecdotes.
There are a variety of sailing tales, boat building anecdotes and also general observational writing about people in this book. Fun, humorous and also a reminder that life can be more than offices and salaries.
If I had the skills to both make a boat like Caol Ila and also write like this I'd be very happy.
Rusty Bold
Feb 07, 2016 Rusty Bold rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some books need to be written, this is one of them.

You have to take your hat off Justin Tyers, few folk have the vision or the determination. BUY THIS BOOK. Its a delight to read!
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