The Last Grain Race

by Eric Newby

On Sale: 24/11/2014


About the Book

An engaging and informative first-hand account of the last ‘grain race' of maritime history, from respected travel writer Eric Newby.

In 1939, a young Eric Newby – later renowned as a travel writer of exceptional talent – set sail aboard Moshulu, the largest sailing ship still employed in the transportation of grain from Australia to Europe. Every year from 1921 to 1939, the vessels involved in the grain trade would strive to find the shortest, fastest passage home – ‘the grain race' – in the face of turbulent seas, atrocious weather conditions and hard graft.

First published in 1956, ‘The Last Grain Race', featuring many photographs from the author's personal collection, celebrates both the spirit of adventure and the thrill of sailing on the high seas. Newby's first-hand account – engaging and informative, with frequent bursts of humour and witty observations from both above and below deck – chronicles this classic sailing voyage of the Twenties and Thirties, and records the last grain race of maritime history.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780007597833
  • ISBN 10: 0007597835
  • Imprint: HarperCollins - GB
  • On Sale: 24/11/2014
  • Pages: 352
  • List Price: 21.99 AUD
  • BISAC1: Biography & True Stories / True stories


Born in 1910 he made his first journey in 1938 when he sailed as an apprentice in the last Grain Race from Europe to Australia. He was captured during World War II and was a POW from 1942-5. After the war he entered the fashion business and book publishing. Whatever else he was doing, he always travelled on a grand scale, either under his own steam or as Travel Editor of the Observer.

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