Maurice and Maralyn with Sophie Elmhirst
Thu 14 Mar 2024
7:00pm at Mr B's Emporium of Reading Delights, 14-15 John St, Bath, BA1 2JL
Book + Ticket gives you a free ticket with a copy of the book, all tickets include 15% off any books purchased on the night, a glass of wine, author interview, Q&A and signing.
We are absolutely delighted to welcome prize-winning writer Sophie Elmhirst to Mr B’s to talk to us about her first book, Maurice and Maralyn, the most phenomenal true tale of love, shipwreck and and survival. It’s a book that has left our booksellers completely blown away, and is perfect for fans of Raynor Winn’s The Salt Path. We hope you’ll join us as we chat to Sophie about this extaordinary couple who dreamt of a life a little less ordinary…
About Maurice & Maralyn:
What begins as an eccentric English love story turns into one of the most dramatic adventures ever recorded…
Maurice and Maralyn couldn’t be more different. He is as cautious and awkward as she is charismatic and forceful. It seems an unlikely romance, but it works.
Bored of 1970s suburban life, Maralyn has an idea: sell the house, build a boat, leave England — and its oil crisis, industrial strikes and inflation — forever. It is hard work, turning dreams into reality, but finally they set sail for New Zealand. Then, halfway there, their beloved boat is struck by a whale. It sinks within an hour, and the pair are cast adrift in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
On their tiny raft, over the course of days, then months, their love is put to the test. When Maurice begins to withdraw into himself, it falls upon Maralyn to keep them both alive. Their pet turtle helps, as does devising menus for fantasy dinners and dreaming of their next voyage.
Filled with danger, spirit and tenderness, this is a book about human connection and the human condition; about how we survive — not just at sea, but in life.
‘I loved everything about this inspirational, funny, painful, jaw-dropping and moving celebration of an ordinary couple caught in the most dramatic circumstances imaginable.A poignant reminder that in facing catastrophe, we often discover who we really are’ RACHEL JOYCE
‘Extraordinary . . . Elmhirst is a terrific writer’ ELIZABETH DAY
Easily one of the most captivating works of narrative nonfiction I’ve ever read’ OLIVER BURKEMAN