The Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow

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Black Inc., 2022 M05 31 - 368 pages
Truly hilarious books are rare. Even rarer are those based on real events. Join A.J. Mackinnon, your charming and eccentric guide, on an amazing voyage in a boat called Jack de Crow.

Equipped with his cheerful optimism and a pith helmet, this Australian Odysseus in a dinghy travels from the borders of North Wales to the Black Sea – 4900 kilometres over salt and fresh water, under sail, at the oars, or at the end of a tow-rope – through twelve countries, 282 locks and numerous trials and adventures, including an encounter with Balkan pirates. Along the way he experiences the kindness of strangers, gets very lost, and perfects the art of slow travel.


The Teachers Thief
Sails and StainedGlass Rapids and Repairs
Wi a Hundred Locks an Aan A
Death and the Dreaming Spires
Capsize and Colleges
Dooms and Delays
Of Shallows and Shipwreck
Cake and Carpentry
Et in Arcadia
Contrary Currents and Kindness
The Kaisers Canal
Wilderland and
Bad Times in Bulgaria
The Wings of the Morning

Crossing to Calais

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About the author (2022)

A.J. (Sandy) Mackinnon was born in Australia in 1963 and spent his childhood between England and Australia, travelling with his family on the last P&O liners to sail between the two countries. He is currently a teacher of English, drama, mathematics and philosophy in the Victorian High Country. He is the author of The Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow and The Well at the World’s End.

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