The Voyages of the Princess Matilda

  • by Shane Spall
  • Narrated by Frances Barber
  • 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"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 road atlas and a vast amount of ignorance - and it is absolutely terrifying!
On their travels, memories are triggered of childhood trips to the seaside, but also of more recent times.
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 place over the course of five years, The Voyages of the Princess Matilda is a minor epic, charting a very personal, moving, and uplifting story of an everyday couple's adventure around their much-loved homeland. The Spalls' adventures have already been the subject of two BBC4 series.


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The Voyages if the Princess Matilda

This book was not as I expected, having read Naroow Dog, I expected similar. This is in some way but it is not Narrow Dog. I listened to this book not realising who Timothy Spall was, until I looked him up. This is very much about people, feelings, and places. It has made me want to visit parts of England I have never been, it has also made me want to live on a boat more than ever.

I was not expecting the story of Timothys illness, and at first I was a bit put off as I bought the book thinking it was about the boat journey. However once I got used to the paragraphs of emotion I settled down to enjoy was a great story. This book made me cry and it made me smile, I was sad when the journey ended and the book finished, my escaping had to end.

This is a story of two peoples love for each other and their family and their love of a boat and this country. The journey is just part of that story

Great read
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- andrew

Exceptional voyage

Amazing, so touching. Two books in one. I've lost count how many times I've listened to this fabulous book.
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- Mrs. Linda Hall

Book Details

  • Release Date: 27-02-2012
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks