A Mile Down : The True Story of a Disastrous Career at Sea Hardback
by David Vann
In this inspirational memoir, internationally bestselling author David Vann tells the true story of building his own sailing ship and of the disastrous voyage that ensues. As a thirty-year-old tourist in Turkey, David Vann stumbles across the steel frame of a ninety-foot sailboat and decides to fulfill a long-buried dream: he will rebuild the boat.
From friends, family, and credit cards, he borrows $150,000 to construct the ship and achieve his ambition.
However, when the Turkish builders take shameless advantage of him, eventually charging him over $500,000, Vann finds himself on the edge of financial ruin and decides to start a chartering business.
Battling with construction nightmares, spiraling debts and freak storms, Vann begins to wonder if he is merely repeating his father's failures at sea, and a career that led to tragedy. At once a page-turning memoir of adventure on the open ocean and a tale of one man's attempt to overcome fate and realise his dream, A Mile Down is an unforgettable story of struggle and redemption by a writer of rare power.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 256 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 01/10/2015
- Category: Memoirs
- ISBN: 9780434021956