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Of Foreign Build: From Corporate Girl to Sea-Gypsy Woman

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  225 ratings  ·  43 reviews
After suffering an emotionally-brutal bereavement and against her counsellor’s advice, Jackie ran away. Suddenly within a new culture, with a new husband, and no friends, she was living in the obscure world of cruising with zero knowledge of boats.
Crashing within the first twenty-four hours, Jackie realised life would never be the same again; a floating home with no fridg
Paperback, 395 pages
Published October 30th 2014 by Jackie Parry
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Mark Fine
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Resolute! Unconventional! A great way to see the world without getting your feet wet! The idiom "every cloud has a silver lining" is the marvelous life lesson I took after reading Jackie Parry's adventures on the high seas. What began as a heart rendering loss, concluded gloriously as a validating, yet unconventional approach to living life on one's own terms--and finding joy in every moment, even the little things. Let me emphasize, this is not merely a book for those that are nautical-minded, ...more
Jackie Parry
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Of Foreign Build: From Corporate Girl to Sea-Gypsy Woman is a travelogue written by Jackie Parry. The author's predictable and safe life changed forever when her fiance, Martin, died after a grueling fight with illness. She decided to leave her native England and emigrate to Australia, where she met Noel. He was older, divorced and had children, but they had something special and went with it. Noel had some experience sailing, and the two decided to find a
Tonia Parronchi
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jackie Parry had me on a roller coaster of emotions from the very beginning. When she described her partner’s death I cried and then, as she ran away from England and all her painful memories and started a new life in Australia, I cheered her on.
I was so glad when she found a new love in Noel, an older man whose love of adventure rivaled her own. Together they bought a sailing boat and set off for what would eventually be a round the world trip. Jackie at first was scared of being incompetent a
Mik Hetu
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I like this book! There's a saying something like, "Either write a book about a life lived well, or live your life well enough to have a book written about it." Well, Jackie Parry is one of those rare souls who has done both. She opens up and candidly tells her life story, metaphorical warts and all. Right from the first few pages you sense her genuine self, and that is a great thing because surely many readers - sailors or not - can relate to her self-doubts and fears. But don't worry: she does ...more
Celia Conrad
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoirs
“Of Foreign Build” really is a personal journey and a very emotional one at that. It takes a lot of courage to up sticks and move to the other side of the world on your own at the best of times, but to do so after facing a terrible personal loss is something else. This book is as much about overcoming grief and rebuilding a life as it is about the challenge of learning to sail while sailing from one side of the world to the other and back again.

I know very little about sailing although I know a
Kim Wilson
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Reading Sailing Adventure Books is always a pleasure for me.
But some of those books soon become addictive.
A Foreign Build is one of those.
The end arrived about 1000 pages to soon.
Thoroughly enjoyed Jacky's sailing around the world in 9yrs.
Many Thanks for sharing your adventures, can only dream of following in your wake.
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've read a number of nonfiction books and memoirs about sailing, most very good reads. "Of Foreign Build..." was an exceptional story in many ways. First, the writing was fabulous; the author has a gift for making the reader feel present for the events, and it was never boring. I thought there was a perfect mix of detail about the boat, day-to-day sailing, difficulties encountered (some very unusual), adventures on sea and on land, scary or challenging encounters, and relationships with family ...more
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir
What an intrepid and adventurous lady Jackie Parry is. Following a traumatic bereavement she took herself off to Australia. Quite soon afterwards she got married and set off with her husband Noel on a round the world trip in their newly purchased boat Mariah. And what a journey it was! With no knowledge of sailing it was an extremely steep learning curve. Some might even call it foolhardy to set out on such a venture.
Jackie writes with great honesty about her feelings and all that she had to ov
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After the heartbreaking loss of her partner, Martin, Jackie flees the UK to Australia where she meets Noel. After spending time together they fall in love and decide to buy the Mariah II and set sail around the world.
Jackie must learn along the way all terms nautical and sailing, she does a fine job of it at that.
In 1998 they set sail and the adventure begins. I was in a state of awe throughout the entire book.
The exotic ports they were able to anchorage at conjured up wonderful visual in my
Mrs AJ Sawyer
Thoroughly enjoyed reading. laughs, excitement, adventure, sadness. Jackie really feels like you are on the fair ground ride with them at times. Having been sailing with family many years ago, some of their escapades resonated with similar experiences but in a much smaller level.
Rochelle Carlton
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing

With reluctance I turned the last page of Jackie Parry’s “Of Foreign Build”. I now feel compelled to write a review – why? Because this journey has dispelled my misconceptions of the word memoire. My previous imaginings - a book crammed full of factual writing and devoid of character and emotions.

From the first page my preconceived concerns of drifting thoughts and broken concentration disappeared and I found myself caught up in the tragedy and triumphs of Jackie’s adventures. Jackie transporte
Kathryn Curzon
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Of Foreign Build is a good read for people interested in learning more about what it is like to sail around the world as a novice and to get a ‘behind the scenes’ insight into sailing communities and the different types of people yachting attracts. It would especially hold the interest of anyone with a sailing background, as the book is quite technical and has a strong focus on the practical aspects of boat maintenance, dealing with authorities in different countries and the day-to-day routines ...more
Deb McEwan
Dec 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It takes a certain type of courage to leave behind the familiar, travel to the other side of the world and embark on a totally new lifestyle. Following a tragic bereavement this is exactly what Jackie Parry did. The result? An adventure on the high seas that tested her physical and emotional strength to the limit!
This extremely well-written book takes the reader on Jackie’s personal journey where she grows both as a person and a sailor. The fabulous descriptions transport you to the wonderful (
Rhys A Jones
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Tragedy affects people very differently. Some might go off the rails, others might join a convent, Jackie Parry decided to up sticks and travel to the other side of the world, change her life and circumnavigate the globe, despite never having sailed before. I'm a fiction fan normally, but there is enough adventure in this book to keep even the most hardened adrenaline junky turning pages. Travelogues should transport you as a reader and this book certainly does that. The good times in exotic por ...more
Daniel Vawser
Mar 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable trip around the world

Really enjoyed reading Jackie and Noel's story. I'll likely never experience circumnavigating the world on a sailing vessel, and I was able to vicariously participate in their adventures as I read. The author has an easy conversational style, and the story moves along quickly with many interesting events and a number of harrowing experiences. I enjoyed the mundane details of life at sea and the descriptions of various cultural differences. At times the narrative sh
Mar 20, 2015 rated it liked it
First of all, I liked to thank Jackie Parry for sending me her book and sharing her story with me. 9 years of adventure. I know that the pages were to short to tell everything...this book is a memento for the writer and a mirror of what she was and what she became.
Jacke is a very strong women who should be very proud of what she was capable of. Her adventure and memories are funny to read.
It was good to read about sailing and about other cultures and to see their great photos of their trip as we
Leslie Hughes
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It is so well written each page draws you in more and more. The writing style is full of energy.

From devastation to new love and adventures, you will feel like you are right there with Jackie. I spent many years sailing around the world so I truly enjoyed the travel stories however, you do not need to be a seasoned traveler to enjoy this book! Very relatable characters.

Highly recommended read.
Lorna Allen
Nov 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Of Foreign Build is a particularly enjoyable read. It covers the whole gamut of emotions without ever becoming maudlin or excessive in anyway. I could never wait till the next opportunity presented itself to pick up this book and continue reading. Alas it was over all too soon. Lorna Allen
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
If you like circumnavigation tales this one will please you. Beautiful descriptions of places, people and emotions fill the sails of this book. It is a true account of growth and adventure. I liked this book.
Paul Kilmer
Jan 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Just a bit long and with a few English and/or Australian references that escaped my American understanding. Still, an interesting read.
Pat Ellis
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
A love lost and then wow a whole new adventure and new love happens - brave, funny, scary - incredibly ballsy - I really liked this memoir - as well as everything else Jackie Parry takes us on a journey - circumnavigating the globe, which for the author means 'learning on the job' for the most part - inpsiring.
Dave Hill
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Wonderful mix of sailing and personal stories, as we follow along as the writer/sailor earns her chops as each. As a sailor, I enjoyed the vicarious time on the water and in the distant destinations; as the father of a spirited daughter, I applauded and cheered when an obstacle was faced and overcome. Well done, J&N.
John F. Kelly
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful Travel, Circumnavigation

Jackie Perry and Noel give a wonderful account of their sailing vessel Wander II and circumnavigating the world starting from Australia.
Jackie’s writing is superb without too much sailing / boat jargon so that laymen can enjoy their adventure and not be intimidated.
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unusual And Exciting Circumnavigation

Another fascinating book from Jackie. Their circumnavigation was unlike most, which made it even more exciting to read. I look forward to following their adventures.
David Hartley
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book

What an awesome work. Thank you for writing such an inspiring book. Your journey in both sailing and writing has been both a pleasure to read and a useful reference for our own adventures. Fair winds.
Robin Thistle
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Motivational story

Great read for anyone interested in life on a boat, travel and an insight into the cruising life style. Thanks...
Liz C
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting read

A good and interesting read about a couple sailing round the world. Recommend it to all armchair adventurers like myself.
Justine Porter
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Such a personal journey of discovery, watching her blossom was a powerful and intriguing insight into the human experience!
Written with heart, what a wonderful book!
Russell Littlejohn
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People interested in sailing or cruising.
Shelves: sailing
It is always interesting to read how a person deals with the hardship of an unexpected death of a spouse or child. This is not why I chose to read this book, but I wanted to mention this point in my review and state that the method the author chose may be the best method. Whether one calls it running or moving on, I think is indifferent, so long as the results are something similar to what the author has obtained. She has made a life for herself and it appears to be a happy and rewarding one fr ...more
Julie Haigh
Thoroughly enjoyed this!

Jackie Parry is originally from the UK. Her first memoir ‘Of Foreign Build’ starts where her partner relapses with a terrible illness. Everything changes in an instant. She suddenly resigns from her job and leaves her London flat to go off on her travels. To Australia. Her thinking on life had changed. The situation with her partner had made her decide she wasn't going to waste any more of her life in an office. She wanted to live life and enjoy it. Soon she is travelling
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Originally from the UK, Jackie is now an adopted Australian. She grew up with horses in the UK until her world was shattered with a heart-breaking bereavement. Disillusioned with life she ran away to Australia and met and married Noel. They decided to buy a boat and set sail. So within her first year living in a foreign land, she was getting used to a foreign husband, and a foreign life on board!


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