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In the summer of 1999, twenty-four-year-old Irishman Eoin Ryan was following the well-beaten path through Australia’s backpacker haunts and hostels. In a search for the road less travelled, he blagged his way onto a prawn trawler plying the tropical waters of the Coral Sea.

There he discovered a rarely seen world of hard labour and even harder fishermen, where drinking, fighting, storms and hungry sharks were a part of everyday life. Eoin’s diary captures what one crew member describes as ‘the craziest six weeks of fishing ever’. But when conflict on board reaches a climax, what began as adventure ultimately degenerates into a gripping struggle to stay alive.

Told in raw, uncompromising language, this is an exuberant story of adventure, crisis and brutality, culminating in an unforgettable moment of redemptive grace.

Trawled the book

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  • 260 pages

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