Paddle by Jasper Winn
Published August 21, 2012
- Author Jasper Winn
I picked this up in a recent Kindle sale. I like a good travelogue, but there are so many out there, it’s hard to know which one to try without a bit of a prod. I love Ireland, and having just watched a lot of kayaking in the Olympics, the two things came together to make a very interesting read.
Jasper’s style of writing is immediately friendly, engaging and open - describing how he came to be doing this challenge, all by himself, at this time of life. It was painfully honest, tons of detail, and we had only just got started on the journey!
At first, I was worried that all the constant paddling would get boring - how many chapters can you read about heading out to sea and then back to land? It turns out, quite a lot. There’s plenty of additional information, about Irish landmarks, about the history and hospitality of local towns and villages, about Jasper’s own personal relationship with these places, and with the sea. It’s fascinating, and almost makes me want to try a bit of paddling for myself!