The Boy in the Boat


At the age of eighteen, forced to flee the law in England, Brian O’Raleigh travels through Australia, Europe and the war zones of the middle East in a futile attempt to escape his inner demons. The Boy in the Boat recounts the story of Brian’s violent childhood, his inspirational journey towards recovery, atonement and hope, his obsession to sail around the world in a small boat, and ultimately to the realisation that he was shaped and moulded during his childhood years for the meaning and purpose of his life. Read full synopsis


A totally gripping memoir that reads more like fiction than fact. Growing up in his parent’s hotel in Blackpool, Brian never knew why his family fled Ireland, but he learned early to escape his father's demonic rages by slipping away from the Alexandra Hotel to the beach and the Kathleen R, the fishing boat that was to become his refuse and his sanctuary. Later, forced the law in England, Brian arrives in Australia seeking to overcome a growing dependency on alcohol and the subsequent damage he is wreaking on the lives of those he loves. In a style that is both raw and compelling, The Boy in the Boat tells the riveting story of Brian's childhood, his triumph over alcoholism, his inspirational journey towards recovery, and ultimately to realization that he was moulded, shaped and prepared during his childhood years for the meaning and purpose of his life.

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