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Treasure Islands: Sailing the South Seas in the Wake of Fanny and Robert Louis Stevenson

3.33  ·  Rating Details  ·  79 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
This is the story of two resourceful women. The one, psychologist and wife of Billy Connolly,Pamela Stephenson—the other, Fanny Stevenson, intrepid wife of Robert Louis. Both married to maverick Scots, both in search of adventure, both drawn to the coral islands, lagoons, natives, and customs of the South Seas. A love of Joseph Conrad, a desire to escape the travails of an ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Headline Book Publishing
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Jul 14, 2012 Owen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I came across this book when researching Robert Louis and I admit that at first, I was a little concerned at what it might contain - a frivolous search led by a curious rich girl with too much money, perhaps? Still, I thought, a search for Fanny and Louis can't be all THAT frivolous. And it was not.

This is a well-written book that does not smack of over-editing; it seems to be the author's true voice coming through on all occasions, and she is worth listening to. Not only does she have a knack f
Michelle O'flynn
Oct 24, 2010 Michelle O'flynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading "The Cruise of the Janet Nichol" taken from the diaries of Fanny Stevenson (wife of famed author Robert Lous Stevenson), I felt I had to follow up with this story. Initially I was frustrated with some of Pamela's assumption about sailing life and her obsession with preparing for the worst (pirates and other ne'er do wells all out to get her and her crew) by undertaking weapons training as a precusor to sailing away. But she did undertake some basic sailing training as well, so I ca ...more
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Jun 09, 2011 A.J. Llewellyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I adored every page of this since I am a mad fan of Robert Louis Stevenson and his wife, Fannie. The author recreates their extensive South Seas voyages by buying her own boat, organizing its rehabilitation, hiring a crew...and confounding her entire family who wonder why she can't just stay home.
There are moments that are laugh-out-loud funny, such as Stephenson's preparations for sea travel. A friend in LA calls her and invites her to a peace rally, but Stephenson says she is too busy taking s
Feb 21, 2008 Gavin rated it did not like it
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Her story of following in the wake of Fanny Stevenson aboard a yacht. She's apparently now a pschyhiatrist, a fact I didn't know. I did know her from Not the Nine O'Clock News and latterly as the wife of Billy Connolly. She doesn't mention the former much at all, although the latter is mentioned quite often.

So, this book would probably be quite entertaining if it wasn't for the constant complaints and crowing about her achievements. Air conditioning, she says, is essential for the tropics. An ai
Aug 16, 2015 Tanya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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An interesting travel tale 3 stars ...more
Aug 26, 2007 Deena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Real good travel book but I wouldn't recommend her way of travelling though but I did get carried away with the idea of just getting on a boat and sailing round the islands. She is very witty and the fact that Billy comes aboard throughout her journey only added to the fun
Jul 27, 2012 Mat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gives the impression that Pamela's own crew want to kill her, which is not too surprising...
Susan Maclean
Got boring towards the end and repetative.
Jun 28, 2012 Cynthia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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AMERICAN SAMOA - Horrible book!
Oct 03, 2008 Richie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
what a load of tripe
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Dr Pamela Helen Stephenson Connolly (born 4 December 1949) is a New Zealand-born Australian clinical psychologist and writer now resident in the United Kingdom. She is best known for her work as an actress and comedian during the 1980s. She has written several books, which include a biography of her husband Billy Connolly, and presents a psychology-based interview show called Shrink Rap on British ...more
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