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Maurice and Maralyn Sophie Elmhirst

Maurice and Maralyn By Sophie  Elmhirst

Maurice and Maralyn by Sophie Elmhirst

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Maurice and Maralyn: A Whale, a Shipwreck, a Love Story by Sophie Elmhirst

**A Guardian and Observer Nonfiction Book of 2024**

'One of those very special books that makes you put everything on hold so you can get back to it' RACHEL JOYCE

What begins as an eccentric English love story turns into one of the most dramatic adventures ever recorded...

Maurice and Maralyn couldn't be more different. He is as cautious and awkward as she is charismatic and forceful. It seems an unlikely romance, but it works.

Bored of 1970s suburban life, Maralyn has an idea: sell the house, build a boat, leave England -- and its oil crisis, industrial strikes and inflation -- forever. It is hard work, turning dreams into reality, but finally they set sail for New Zealand. Then, halfway there, their beloved boat is struck by a whale and the pair are cast adrift in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

On their tiny raft, their love is put to the test. When Maurice begins to withdraw into himself, it falls upon Maralyn to keep them both alive. Filled with danger, spirit, and tenderness, this is a book about human connection and the human condition; about how we survive -- not just at sea, but in life.

**A Waterstones Book You Need To Read in 2024**

'Beautiful, moving and genuinely unputdownable' JOANNA CANNON

'Extraordinary . . . Elmhirst is a terrific writer' ELIZABETH DAY

Maurice and Maralyn Reviews

Electrifying . . . a tender portrait of two unconventional souls blithely defying the conventions of their era and making a break for freedom -- Fiona Sturges * Guardian *
An extraordinary account * Guardian, *Books to Look Out For 2024* *
I loved everything about this inspirational, funny, painful, jaw-dropping and moving celebration of an ordinary couple caught in the most dramatic circumstances imaginable. A poignant reminder that in facing catastrophe, we often discover who we really are -- RACHEL JOYCE, author of Maureen Fry & the Angel of the North
This dramatic, profound human story is so beautifully told in calm, thoughtful, perfectly judged prose. I really could not put it down -- NINA STIBBE, author of Love, Nina
An extraordinary story of an even more extraordinary marriage. Sophie Elmhirst's prose is spare and elegant, and in her hands Maurice and Maralyn come vividly to life, characters who will remain with the reader long after they finish this compelling book. I turned each page with my heart in my mouth -- FRANCESCA SEGAL, author of Mother Ship
A beautiful, searing book -- a miniature epic of seafaring and survival with an unbreakable, unusual love story at its heart -- SAM KNIGHT, author of The Premonitions Bureau
An exciting, fast-paced, terrifying adventure story, and at the same time a slow, gentle commentary on love -- ALEXANDER MASTERS, author of Stuart: a Life Backwards
No one finds the wit, warmth and mischief in a story quite like Sophie Elmhirst. I will read anything she writes -- HELEN LEWIS, author of Difficult Women
Much of human life is contained in this beautiful, moving book about two people cut off from everything but each other -- LARISSA MACFARQUHAR, author of Strangers Drowning
Captivating… [a] tender, truthful adventure story * Simple Things *
A compelling book about a shipwreck, but also as thoughtful a tale about marriage, for better and worse, as you are likely to read * Observer *
The extraordinary 1973 ordeal of Maurice and Maralyn Bailey comes to life in Sophie Elmhirst’s telling... it speeds along like a novel * Daily Telegraph *

About Sophie Elmhirst

Sophie Elmhirst is a prizewinning writer for the Guardian Long Read and The Economist's 1843 magazine, and a contributing editor at the Gentlewoman and Harper's Bazaar. In 2020 she won the British Press Award for Feature Writer of the Year; she has also won a Foreign Press Award and been longlisted for the Orwell Prize. She first came across the story of Maurice and Maralyn Bailey researching a piece on our desire to escape. This is her first book. She lives in London.

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Maurice and Maralyn: A Whale, a Shipwreck, a Love Story by Sophie Elmhirst
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