Child of the Sea is a vivid evocation of the sailing life, and should be read by anyone who would like to understand how it feels to spend years sailing the oceans on a 36 foot yacht. The book can be read as a simple story, in the clear language of a child, and nothing more. Or Child of the Sea can be read as a comment on what ingredients make for a perfect childhood, in these days when much ink is spilled on meditating that very question.
This childhood sails on a sea of gold. Children of seven to ninety-seven should be as enthralled as I am. –Susie Morgenstern
Bursting with life, here is a rare memoir of tenderness and exquisite detail, about a young girl s voyage with her family around the world. Doina learns about politics and race, responsibility and love, all through a kaleidoscope of international friendships, a strong family, and the infinitely fascinating world she discovers from the deck of a boat named Aventura. A must-read for parents thinking of taking the cruising leap, and a little worried about how their kids will react. And it s an equally powerful book for their kids, who long for a glimpse into the wonders they have in store. –Bernadette Bernon, Boat U.S. Magazine
This poignant story of the author s round-the-world voyage, one-of-a-kind experiences, and coming of age at sea told from the perspective of a child as she grows into a young woman is truly unique in this genre. Unlike most seagoing sagas, which are aimed at an adult audience, this one is a must-read for all kids (ages 10 and up), parents, or others who dream either of adventure or exploring the world under sail. –Lynda Morris Childress, Cruising World Magazine
About the Author
For many years Doina worked with her father Jimmy Cornell, helping him research his books and working on some of the sailing rallies he s organised like the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC). In 2000 she helped him set up noonsite.com which she then managed until 2008. After moving between London and Prague, now she lives with her husband Julius and children Nera (13) and Dan (10) in a village in Gloucestershire, in a lovely part of the UK countryside. Doina has loved writing ever since she started writing poems aged 12 in the middle of the Solomon Islands. In 1998 her short story Does the sun rise over Dagenham? won the London Arts Board short story competition, and today it remains a set text on university courses in Europe and the UK. In 2008 Doina gave up noonsite and trained as a primary school teacher and at present she teaches French in several local schools. Doina is very involved in her local community serving as district councilor, church leader and school governor. Child of the Sea, an account of her sailing childhood, is her first book for children. Books by Doina Cornell Child of the Sea World Cruising Handbook (co-author, with Jimmy Cornell) Canary Islands Cruising Guides