Sea Trial: Sailing After My Father

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  • Paperback
  • 360 pages
  • Sea Trial: Sailing After My Father
  • Brian Harvey
  • English
  • 08 January 2017
  • 1770414770

About the Author: Brian Harvey

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest Sailing After ePUB ✓ and currently live on Vancouver Island, in British Columbia I studied biology and music at university, and ended up opting to be a fisheries biologist That allowed me to see a lot of the world, especially South America, Asia and many remote places along the British Columbia coast A lot of people and places from these places have ended up in my writing, which began when I realized Sea Trial: PDF or my travel notebooks were filling up with great stuff about people, places and plots I started by writing columns and magazine articles My first book for a general audience was The End of the River I m lucky to live in a place where I can climb a mountain, fish, play the piano, go sailing and write all on the same day Although it would be a long one.


Sea Trial: Sailing After My Father➶ [Reading] ➸ Sea Trial: Sailing After My Father By Brian Harvey ➫ – Johndore.co.uk An adventure story set against the backdrop of a son trying to understand his fatherAfter a year break from boating, Brian Harvey circumnavigates Vancouver Island with his wife, his dog, and a box of An adventure story set against the backdrop Sailing After ePUB ✓ of a son trying to understand his fatherAfter ayear break from boating, Brian Harvey circumnavigates Vancouver Island with his wife, his dog, and a box of documents that surfaced after his father s death John Harvey was a neurosurgeon, violinist, and photographer who answered his door a decade into retirement to find a sheriff with a summons It was a malpractice suit, and it did not go well Sea Trial: PDF or Dr Harvey never got over it The box contained every nurse s record, doctor s report, trial transcript, and expert testimony related to the case Only Brian s father had read it all until nowIn this beautifully written memoir, Brian Harvey shares how after two months of voyaging with his father s ghost, he finally finds out what happened in the OR that crucial night and why Dr Harvey felt compelled to fight the excruciating accusations.

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10 thoughts on “Sea Trial: Sailing After My Father

  1. James Fisher says:

    What a great read While I am not a sailor,I have read books fiction and non fiction about sailing, and with the added medical aspect,I was thoroughly engaged in reading this book Beautiful cover as well.

  2. George1st says:

    The twin subjects of sailing and neurosurgery do at first sight seem quite incongruous and yet they indeed successfully form the interconnecting basis for this engrossing, entertaining and educational memoir by Brian Harvey This is a book about discovery both in a physical and metaphysical sense The main narrative concerns Brian accompanied by his wife and faithful dog undertaking a rather hazardous two month circumnavigation of Vancouver Island in his sailing boat named Vera Written in a sel The twin subjects of sailing and neurosurgery do at first sight seem quite incongruous and yet they indeed successfully form the interconnecting basis for this engrossing, entertaining and educational memoir by Brian Harvey This is a book about discovery both in a physical and metaphysical sense The main narrative concerns Brian accompanied by his wife and faithful dog undertaking a rather hazardous two month circumnavigation of Vancouver Island in his sailing boat named Vera Written in a self deprecating and witty style reminiscent of Bill Bryson at times we learn of the adventures, mishaps and characters encountered during the voyage You get a real feeling of what it must be like battling in a small boat against the elements and the dangers poised by rocks, rapids and other vessels All the time you are constantly looking at sea charts and focusing on the latest weather report We also learn of the social and environmental changes and challenges faced in this area The decline of commercial fishing and the rise of sport fishing and the impact this has had on the local communities is covered Allied with this is the controversy concerning the growth of salmon farms and the environmental impact that logging has had over the years We learn of the colonial history of the area and the present rather segregated plight of the indigenous First Nations communities. If this was just a narrative of the voyage then this would still be enough to satisfy the average reader but what gives the book its added resonance and distinctiveness is the back story concerning Brian s neurosurgeon father who after eight years of retirement is unexpectedly presented with a summons to appear in a malpractice trail Although the case commences, his father never testifies as it is quickly settled out of court with the award of a large sum to the plaintiff Dr Harvey never got over it and would spend the rest of his life embittered and consumed by the accusations made against him It is a box containing records, transcripts and expert testimonies relating to this case that Brian takes with him on the voyage as he finally seeks to understand what actually happened in the operating theatre and why the trial had such a detrimental effect on his father s last days.I certainly found the interchanging narrative worked well and was eager to ascertain what would be the conclusion to both the sea voyage and the voyage of what would ultimately be of self discovery The author has spent many years as a fisheries biologist which adds an extra resonance and authority to his writing A really gripping and interesting read which I fully recommend

  3. Caroline Woodward says:

    This is my choice for Father s Day this year, the perfect gift for a lighthouse keeper who loves boats, also the former owner of a sailboat, who appreciates fine writing, shares a dry, self deprecating sense of humour with the author and whose own father was a lawyer It s also going into the birthday stack for our son, who has sailed the VanIsle Race, the circumnavigation of Vancouver Island twice on Icon, and who worked as a sail maker and boat rigger for seven years He also raced sailboa This is my choice for Father s Day this year, the perfect gift for a lighthouse keeper who loves boats, also the former owner of a sailboat, who appreciates fine writing, shares a dry, self deprecating sense of humour with the author and whose own father was a lawyer It s also going into the birthday stack for our son, who has sailed the VanIsle Race, the circumnavigation of Vancouver Island twice on Icon, and who worked as a sail maker and boat rigger for seven years He also raced sailboats, mono and double hulls, in Canada, Europe and the US, before getting his mechanical engineering degree to add to his diploma and has now secured his dream job with a naval architect So if doctors, lawyers, engine mechanics, sports or commercial fishing experience and sailboats figure large in your life, consider this father and son gift recommendation.This is not to say the book, which is so well written it was nominated for Canada s Governor General s Award for non fiction in 2019, is an adventurous larky sort of boat story Far from it It is a heart breaker for those many sons who grew up with perfectionist, proud, fiercely intelligent fathers, the kind of fellow who thinks he s naturally topnotch at everything else in life, like sailing, because he s a neurosurgeon Relationships come second to patients Nurses are told what to do Truth and justice will prevail in a legal suit which is delivered to the neurosurgeon s door ten years after he retiredand this is the legal case which the author is reading, in alternating chapters as he sails a boat called Vera around Vancouver Island with his long suffering there is no other kind of wife for a sailor, so perhaps I m hearing the author s voice in my head, chiding me for being redundant but feisty and armed with as much navigational knowledge as her husband He seems to make the final decisions, based on sailing all his life , about tackling potential horror shows like Dodds Narrows and the Nawhitti Bar and rounding Cape Scott and the much feared Brooks Peninsula, not to mention the shoaling waters off Estevan Point Thankfully, there is much love and respect for the patience and skill and hard work shared by the couple and their invincible schnauzer dog on board and the humour is absolutely wonderful, leavening the tragedy which is unfolding as the trial transcripts and other supporting evidence is revealed The father refused to speak about any of this with his son while alive but deftly written and for this reading, convincing conversations do occur on board A brilliant book which deserves to join the pantheon of great sea going books Kudos to ECW Press for a handsome cover and design for this original trade paperback I feel like a bookseller or publisher s sales rep again when I read a great book like this, somewhat evangelical, but there are good reads and there are great, outstanding reads and this is one of the latter, hence the five stars.

  4. Jill says:

    Sea Trial is a poetic riff between sailing and the life of the author s father This memoir is a last love story to the author s father and all his faults, as he finally lets him go through the understanding of the malpractice trial that ripped his father s good name an event his father never got over While I am not a sailor or lover of water, but I felt the author balanced his love for Vancouver Island, his work as a biologist, his childhood and his current adulthood into a cohesive memoir Sea Trial is a poetic riff between sailing and the life of the author s father This memoir is a last love story to the author s father and all his faults, as he finally lets him go through the understanding of the malpractice trial that ripped his father s good name an event his father never got over While I am not a sailor or lover of water, but I felt the author balanced his love for Vancouver Island, his work as a biologist, his childhood and his current adulthood into a cohesive memoir that was poetic, adventurous and at times a bit sad He was so convincing in fact that my EXTREMELY sea sickness prone self even thought for a moment about how fun it might be to go sailing As Harvey closes the chapter of his father s life, he invites us in to his renewed passion for sailing, and his grasp in understanding his father s obsession with the malpractice trial Sea Trail is a very intimate look at Harvey s life, his father s success and failures, and life in a sail boat Disclaimer A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher All opinions are my own

  5. Eyelandgirl says:

    Being in the medical field and an offshore sailor living on Vancouver Island, I thought this book would be a perfect local interest read But I found that the author had a gloomy take on everything.places I have been and found charming, historical and delightful, he always seemed to find the negative Talk about a downer.no one would ever sail around the Island after reading his take on it The bouncing back and forth between stories was extremely disjointed at the beginning, but it found Being in the medical field and an offshore sailor living on Vancouver Island, I thought this book would be a perfect local interest read But I found that the author had a gloomy take on everything.places I have been and found charming, historical and delightful, he always seemed to find the negative Talk about a downer.no one would ever sail around the Island after reading his take on it The bouncing back and forth between stories was extremely disjointed at the beginning, but it found a better groove in the last half of the book But by then I just wanted to be done with it Looks like others liked itbut I d give it a miss

  6. Elizabeth Olson says:

    I absolutely loved every word of this book and rather than found the author s descriptions of the circumnavigation wonderfully realistic, humourous and self effacing The juxtapositioning of the father s collapse and the sailing adventure was dead on fantastic as was the writing.

  7. David Berry says:

    Interesting to me as a physician where there is always the threat of complaints or litigation when unfortunate medical events take place.Also interesting to me living on Vancouver IslandDoesn t make me want to buy a sailboat now Seems safer on land.

  8. Sailaway says:

    a very good book Surprisingly good.

  9. Les Reynolds says:

    Meh.

  10. Roxanne says:

    Enjoyed this story The adventure of the voyage around Vancouver Island and his reading of his fathers malpractice trial Very well done.