Kalk Bay Books & Penguin SA
invite you to the launch of

Thinking Up a Hurricane
Martinique Stilwell
In the spring of 1977 Frank Stilwell launched Vingila, 17 tons of welded together
11-millimetre steel plates, in Durban harbour. An electrician by trade, Frank’s experience of sailing
amounted to not very much – an unpleasant spell on a Scottish fishing trawler as a young man and a brief holiday on  someone else’s yacht off the coast of Mozambique a couple of years before.Never one to be daunted by a challenge or to be resisted in any way, he took his 9-year-old twins,
Robert and Nicky (Martinique), out of school, persuaded his wife Maureen that they would all
learn how to sail and cope with life on the open seas as they went, and prepared to
follow his dream of circumnavigating the world.

Facing real danger from the elements and at first having to live more by their wits than by their skills,
the Stilwell family set off boldly, determined to become part of a community of sailors and adventurers who spend more time on the ocean than they do on dry land.

In this unique coming-of-age memoir, Martinique Stilwell’s recounting of her true life gypsy childhood is poignant, funny and heartbreaking all at the same time. With the wisdom and innocence of a
child’s point of view, it is a powerful yet tender story of physical and emotional adversity,
of family dysfunction and the ties that bind, and of the shackles and exhilarating freedom
of growing up different.
 Nicky Stilwell will be in conversation with Don Pinnock.
When: Wednesday 19 September 2012
Where: Kalk Bay Books, 124 Main Road, Kalk Bay
Time: 6 for 6.30pmRSVP: by 18 September to

021 788 2266.
Please note: this is a free event but RSVPs are required for catering purposes.
Copies of Thinking Up a Hurricane will be available for purchase and Martinique Stilwell will sign books on the evening.