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The Voyages of the Princess Matilda

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  94 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
'Tim and I both understood we had done something really stupid. We had underestimated the danger involved in going out to sea. We had no radio, compass, life raft or flares. In other words, we were a couple of idiots.'

This is the story of Shane and Timothy Spall and their Dutch barge The Princess Matilda. After a summer on the Thames they head out to sea with only a road a
Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 23rd 2012 by Ebury Press
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Jo Bennie
May 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Shane Spall has in effect written three books in one. On the simplest level this is a tie in to the BBC 4 TV series, a narrative of Shane and Timothy Spall's attempt to sail from London to Wales in their sea barge The Princess Matilda. They are hilariously hapless, on their first journey they don't make it beyond the Thames Barrier and Timothy takes a thorough crash course in navigation before they set out to sea. They encounter beautiful moorings and full on prejudice and snobbery in equal meas ...more
Mar 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the tv series and now the book has given it another dimension. The interlacing of the story of Tim's leukaemia in heart rending and very powerful.
Ah, I was disappointed to like my first read of 2015 less than I expected. Actor Timothy Spall's improbably named wife Shane weaves accounts of their voyages on their barge the Princess Matilda with recollections and diary entries from his terrifying encounter with leukaemia and other reflections on their lives.

There was a lot to like in the book and some of what was likeable made it a less enjoyable read in a way - it seemed a very honest straightforward account. The 'leukaemia diaries' are not
Martin Turner
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shane Spall has written this about her and her husband, the actor Timothy Spall, had various adventures in their boat The Princess Matilda. The events take place after Tim has recovered from suffering life-threatening leukemia, the story of which is mirrored in this light, humourous and touching tale of how they came by the boat and the journey that they took. This is an uplifting story and shows that life has to be treated with respect and made the most of. How many times are we reminded that w ...more
Heather Taylor-Nicholson
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shane Spall is the wife of actor Tomothy Spall (Auf Wiedersehen Pet, Harry Potter) who documents their travels around the UK coast on a barge called 'The Princess Matilda'. This book is a companion to the BBC3 Series of the same name. But also she writes movingly about Tim's battle with luekaemia a decade ago in a series of flashbacks, from which the voyages originated as that was Tim's ambition, should he survive. An exellent read that also is a good start for anyone planning a sea going advent ...more
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was a wonderful read. The sheer joy at having escaped tragedy that is present in every sentence, the sheer gladness of being alive and with the person you love turns what might have been a hideously smug diary of pair of 'we have lots' into a personal journey of thankfulness. The way the book weaves in the episodes of Shane Spall's thoughts while her husband lies at the mercy of cancer left me rocked at what they both suffered.
Mar 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
funny, comical and interesting book about the princess matilida's trip from brentford to wales and the story of timothy spall fight against cancer and how the husband and wife team brave the elements, other ships,boats and mechanical mishaps to achieve their goal, well worth reading
Oct 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Two books in one. Part is the first part from London round to Cardiff, and the book within is about the leukemia that nearly killed Timothy Spall. the She can swear like a docker, but it is a book from the heart
Jul 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
I thought this was rubbish. Her descriptive powers were non existent and I was very bored. I did not finish it. It says on the cover that it won some sort of travel book my opinion then, it shows that awards stand for nothing, or can be bought.
May 31, 2012 rated it liked it
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Amusing and poignant luvvie/boating/cancer memoir. I returned it to the library without finishing it as I knew the ending...(TS obviously still alive.)
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
It was okay but it would have probably been better read as a blog.
May 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Would recommend.
Christine Dee
Nov 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Bought this on the basis of the television series and overall it was very entertaining. Made me laugh a lot but some sections I struggled with but saying that an enjoyable read.
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