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An Antipodean Affair

Valerie Barnes

Published December 5th 2012
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 About the Book 

Working as a simultaneous conference interpreter with United Nations,Valerie Barnes travelled to India, Iran, Nigeria, Zambia and Zaire. Shealso met and fell in love with Peter, an Australian delegate who haddecided to sail single-handed in a 22-footMoreWorking as a simultaneous conference interpreter with United Nations,Valerie Barnes travelled to India, Iran, Nigeria, Zambia and Zaire. Shealso met and fell in love with Peter, an Australian delegate who haddecided to sail single-handed in a 22-foot yacht from England toAustralia to separate his past from his future.While crossing the Atlantic, Peter was hit on the head by the boom, lostthe rudder off the coast of Venezuela, and was attacked by sharks in thePacific. He said he would write a book about it, but when he celebratedhis 87th birthday, she realized that would never happen. So she decidedto write the story herself with his help, using his log-book anddescribing their experiences together during the five months she spentwith him in England, France, Spain, the Canaries, Barbados, Bequia andRarotonga.Their story is often hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking. Rosy plans forthe future were shattered when Peter’s 24-year-old daughter, backpackingin Sri Lanka, became ill and died. In his grief, he switched off his radio and thus became untraceable. Valerie flew to Tahiti and then BoraBora to look for him, but on both occasions he had already left. Just asshe was about to catch the plane back to Geneva, a yacht appeared on thehorizon. As it approached the wharf, she could smell frying bacon andeggs. No Frenchman has bacon and eggs for breakfast. She knew it must bean Englishman or an Australian. It was. Unwashed, unshaven, desperatelygrief-stricken, standing on deck was Peter.