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  1. says:

    I loved this book Shane wrote this book beautifully it was if you were on the boat with them And you joined in all their adventures I didn't want it to end She describes their ups and downs with great detail and incorporates Tim illness in to the story beautifullyI wish them both good luck in what they do next Look forward to read adventures


  2. says:

    Shane Spall has in effect written three books in one On the simplest level this is a tie in to the BBC 4 TV series a narrative of Shane and Timothy Spall's attempt to sail from London to Wales in their sea barge The Princess Matilda They are hilariously hapless on their first journey they don't make it beyond the Thames Barrier and Timothy takes a thorough crash course in navigation before they set out to sea They encounter beautiful moorings and full on prejudice and snobbery in eual measureThis narrative itself would have made for a good book Shane Spall's mercurial nature in contrast to Timothy's laid back nature and penchant for pink crocs is hilarious but Spall intersperses this story with the heartbreaking one of Timothy's battle with leukaemia and her diaries from nights sat by his bed when he hovered between life and death Shane had already lost her father and best friend to cancer and her words are honest and searingThirdly there are snippets of Shane's own life again written with unflinching honesty Of her previous life as a flower child of her drug addiction of the Welsh husband she lost and her experience of giving birth to their daughter Pascale These elements turn a very good book into a firm favourite and one that I read into the night I knew Timothy Spall from tv and film a respected and beloved actor and this book deepened that respect


  3. says:

    I enjoyed the tv series and now the book has given it another dimension The interlacing of the story of Tim's leukaemia in heart rending and very powerful


  4. says:

    I found the geographyroute of this trip interesting and I like the way the story of Tim's illness from Shane's perspective threads through their nautical meander from London to Wales However much was repeated and conseuently became rather predictable and boring Then again what can you do on a boat hugging the south coast of England? I will not be reading the seuels In fact had this not been a book chosen by my reading group I would not have opened it


  5. says:

    Shane has a knack for writing a picture You can vividly imagine everything they experience Her outlook is so sunny and her humor is infectious even when things aren't going well and I just admire the hell out of her She has a natural gift for writing and the story is both informative and fun


  6. says:

    Book not be missed I loved this book Shane wrote this book beautifully it was if you were on the boat with them And you joined in all their adventures I didn't want it to end She describes their ups and downs with great detail and incorporates Tim illness in to the story beautifullyI wish them both good luck in what they do next Look forward to read adventures


  7. says:

    I made it to about 10% and gave up Too many referrals to waterways I knew nothing about Nautical terms I didn't understand Totally foreign lifestyle Sorry


  8. says:

    Ah I was disappointed to like my first read of 2015 less than I expected Actor Timothy Spall's improbably named wife Shane weaves accounts of their voyages on their barge the Princess Matilda with recollections and diary entries from his terrifying encounter with leukaemia and other reflections on their livesThere was a lot to like in the book and some of what was likeable made it a less enjoyable read in a way it seemed a very honest straightforward account The 'leukaemia diaries' are not complete because she couldn't face writing anything for a while and that seems very realistic There's a lot of messing about with ropes and enginesThere were also things mentions which weren't followed up Shane herself is clearly a very interesting woman who got herself in some degree of bother in her younger days Although the 'voyages' are set against the period when Tim was fighting the cancer there's an earlier triumph there about which we heard not enough or too much my vote is for the former I wanted to know if she ever finished the thesis she was writing when Tim was ill I wasn't keen on the stilted name dropping in the earlier part of the book nor on the copious consumption of champagne and some of the conversations just didn't sound right but her descriptions of life as the wife of an actor were fascinating It seemed to me too that there is some real writing talent there with some beautifully crafted descriptions and well timed phrasingIt was as if someone didn't have confidence that any of the three strands would make a book in their own right so twisted them together and they lost something in doing that


  9. says:

    Shane Spall has written this about her and her husband the actor Timothy Spall had various adventures in their boat The Princess Matilda The events take place after Tim has recovered from suffering life threatening leukemia the story of which is mirrored in this light humourous and touching tale of how they came by the boat and the journey that they took This is an uplifting story and shows that life has to be treated with respect and made the most of How many times are we reminded that we never know what is round the corner so live for the present A lovely read and well put together Whether you know who Timothy Spall is or not this is far from being a celebrity based book and can be enjoyed by all I would recommend it


  10. says:

    Shane Spall is the wife of actor Tomothy Spall Auf Wiedersehen Pet Harry Potter who documents their travels around the UK coast on a barge called 'The Princess Matilda' This book is a companion to the BBC3 Series of the same name But also she writes movingly about Tim's battle with luekaemia a decade ago in a series of flashbacks from which the voyages originated as that was Tim's ambition should he survive An exellent read that also is a good start for anyone planning a sea going adventure for the first time


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The Voyages of the Princess Matilda

'Tim and I both understood we had done something really stupid We had underestimated the danger involved in going out to sea We had no radio compass life raft or flares In other words we were a couple of idiots'This is the story of Shane and Timothy Spall and their Dutch barge The Princess Matilda After a summer on the Thames they head out to sea with only a ro I enjoyed the tv series and now the book has given it another dimension The interlacing of the story of Tim's leukaemia in heart rending and very powerful

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Ad atlas and a vast amount of ignorance and it is absolutely terrifyingOn their travels memories are triggered of childhood trips to the seaside but also of recent times A decade before Tim had been diagnosed with acute leukaemia and was given only days to liveShocked at how life can pass you by they decided that when and if Tim got better they would buy a boat I found the geographyroute of this trip interesting and I like the way the story of Tim's illness from Shane's perspective threads through their nautical meander from London to Wales However much was repeated and conseuently became rather predictable and boring Then again what can you do on a boat hugging the south coast of England? I will not be reading the seuels In fact had this not been a book chosen by my reading group I would not have opened it

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As Tim and Shane explore the coast from the Medway to Cornwall eventually they start to wonder could they make it out of England altogether? Could Matilda make it to Wales?Taking over five years The Voyages of The Princess Matilda is a minor epiccharting a very personal moving and uplifting story of an everyday couple's adventure around their much loved homelan Shane Spall has written this about her and her husband the actor Timothy Spall had various adventures in their boat The Princess Matilda The events take place after Tim has recovered from suffering life threatening leukemia the story of which is mirrored in this light humourous and touching tale of how they came by the boat and the journey that they took This is an uplifting story and shows that life has to be treated with respect and made the most of How many times are we reminded that we never know what is round the corner so live for the present A lovely read and well put together Whether you know who Timothy Spall is or not this is far from being a celebrity based book and can be enjoyed by all I would recommend it

  • Paperback
  • 384
  • The Voyages of the Princess Matilda
  • Shane Spall
  • English
  • 23 January 2017
  • 9780091941802