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Off the Deep End

A History of Madness at Sea

Nic Compton

As well as isolation, cramped conditions and alcoholism, there are many reasons why madness is ‘seven times more likely’ at sea. In this survey of maritime distemper, Nic Compton documents numerous cases of mental illness on board ships, yachts and lifeboats, many of which led to suicide and occasionally cannibalism. Particularly poignant is the story of Donald Crowhurst, the singlehanded sailor who, becoming delusional, faked his position in a 1968 round-the-world race, and seemingly jumped overboard to his death.
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  • Publisher: Bloomsbury
  • Year: 2017
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 288pp
  • Illustrated: Yes
  • Dimensions: 232x153mm
  • ISBN: 9781472941121
  • Condition: New
  • Weight: 0.6kg
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