Nicholas Tomalin

  • 29 juillet 1969, coup de tonnerre dans le monde maritime. Alors que s'achève la mythique Golden Globe Race, première course autour du monde sans escale en solitaire, le Britannique Donald Crowhurst est en tête lorsque la BBC annonce que le futur héros des mers a triché. Durant deux cent quarante-trois jours, Crowhurst a inventé de toutes pièces son parcours, délivrant par radio de fausses positions tandis qu'il se contente de faire des ronds dans l'eau en Atlantique, attendant de rejoindre le peloton de tête - Robin Knox-Johnston et Bernard Moitessier - au retour du cap Horn. Journal de bord frauduleux, lettres mensongères à sa famille... le crime était presque parfait, mais l'immense réalité de l'océan ne tarde pas à rattraper Crowhurst, qui finit par être pris à son propre piège et par sombrer dans la folie.
    À partir des carnets, de documents filmés retrouvés sur son navire et de lettres de Crowhurst, Nicholas Tomalin et Ron Hall, journalistes au Sunday Times, nous font revivre la tragédie de cet homme ordinaire décidé à se sauver coûte que coûte de la faillite, pris au piège de la mer et de ses mensonges. En dressant le portrait de ce héros shakespearien victime du « drame maritime du siècle » comme on a coutume de l'appeler, les deux enquêteurs livrent le récit d'une dérive inéluctable conduisant Crowhurst du mensonge à la démence jusqu'au suicide.

  • 'A masterpiece.' New Yorker'Wholly riveting, brilliantly researched.' Evening Standard'A meticulous investigation into the seeds of disaster... fascinating, uncomfortable reading.' Sunday Times In 1968, Donald Crowhurst was trying to market a nautical navigation device he had developed, and saw the Sunday Times Golden Globe round the world sailing race as the perfect opportunity to showcase his product.
    Few people knew that he wasn't an experienced deep-water sailor. His progress was so slow that he decided to short-cut the journey, while falsifying his location through radio messages from his supposed course.Everyone following the race thought that he was winning, and a hero's welcome awaited him at home in Britain. But on 10 July 1968, eight months after he set off, his wife was told that his boat had been discovered drifting in mid-Atlantic. Crowhurst was missing, assumed drowned, and there was much speculation that this was one of the great mysteries of the sea. In this masterpiece of investigative journalism, Nicholas Tomalin and Ron Hall reconstruct one of the greatest hoaxes of our time. From in-depth interviews with Crowhurst's family and friends and telling excerpts from his logbooks, Tomalin and Hall develop a tale of tragic self-delusion and public deception, a haunting portrait of a complex, deeply troubled man and his journey into the heart of darkness.

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