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Maurice and Maralyn with Sophie Elmhirst, a Mr B’s Event

14 March @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm

Mr B’s are absolutely delighted to welcome prize-winning writer Sophie Elmhirst to talk about her first book, Maurice and Maralyn, the most phenomenal true tale of love, shipwreck and survival.

About Maurice & Maralyn:

What begins as an eccentric English love story turns into one of the most dramatic adventures ever recorded…

Maurice and Maralyn couldn’t be more different. He is as cautious and awkward as she is charismatic and forceful. It seems an unlikely romance, but it works.

Bored of 1970s suburban life, Maralyn has an idea: sell the house, build a boat, leave England — and its oil crisis, industrial strikes and inflation — forever. It is hard work, turning dreams into reality, but finally they set sail for New Zealand. Then, halfway there, their beloved boat is struck by a whale. It sinks within an hour, and the pair are cast adrift in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.


On their tiny raft, over the course of days, then months, their love is put to the test. When Maurice begins to withdraw into himself, it falls upon Maralyn to keep them both alive. Their pet turtle helps, as does devising menus for fantasy dinners and dreaming of their next voyage.

Filled with danger, spirit and tenderness, this is a book about human connection and the human condition; about how we survive — not just at sea, but in life.


‘I loved everything about this inspirational, funny, painful, jaw-dropping and moving celebration of an ordinary couple caught in the most dramatic circumstances imaginable.A poignant reminder that in facing catastrophe, we often discover who we really are’ RACHEL JOYCE

‘Extraordinary . . . Elmhirst is a terrific writer’ ELIZABETH DAY

Easily one of the most captivating works of narrative nonfiction I’ve ever read’ OLIVER BURKEMAN

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