From Venice to Istanbul: An Evening with Harry Bucknall

DOLPHINSWAKE front cover 5 May 2011 WebSarum College Bookshop was proud to host an evening with Harry Bucknall. Harry delighted a crowd with his adventures, based on his book, In the Dolphin’s Wake. Which tells the tale of his incredible 5,500 mile journey from Venice in the west to Istanbul in the east.

This is a journey that included the glories of Mount Athos; 36 islands and every island chain in the Greek Archipelago; 57 sea passages on 35 ferries; 4 landing crafts; 3 hydrofoils; a fishing caique; a sea plane; 11 buses; 2 trains; an open top Land Rover and a duck egg blue 1961 Morris Oxford.

In the Dolphin’s Wake recounts his journey with humour, pathos and at times drama. This is not only a journey through the Greek islands but also a journey through Greek history, mythology, custom and folklore – a Greek Island companion loaded with adventure, mishap and laughter offering the reader a contemporary image of Aegean life today.

“Harry Bucknall carries us by magic flights from the thousand birds of St Mark’s to the far distant Symplegades… It’s a lovely book.”

Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor

A very popular speaker at literary festivals, events, and indeed last year here at Sarum College, Harry has also appeared on BBC Radio 2’s Good Morning Sunday with Clare Balding, Radio 4’s Saturday Live and Excess Baggage. He has written variously for, amongst others, The Sunday Telegraph, The Spectator, Sunday Times Travel Magazine, The Scotsman, Irish Independent, Country Life, The Lady and Dorset Life.


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