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Torpedoed by a German U-boat, adrift on the open ocean, gravely weakened and slowly dying of thirst – the odds of making shore are lengthening with each gruelling hour. Deliverance from the decaying lifeboat will take something more remarkable than sheer endurance. And after survival at sea, yet more anguish lies in wait. Based on a true incident in 1942. WINNER 2011 People’s Book Prize

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'This breathtaking debut novel deals with man's harrowing struggle for survival in a hostile sea, but this book is so much more - a life-affirming account of love, camaraderie, anguish and coming of age, played out against a backdrop of the Atlantic swell. Making Shore is destined to become a true maritime classic.' - Angus Konstam

'This is a brilliantly conceived story of endurance and romance, in which Sara Allerton's mastery of detail and sympathy with her characters fully engage the reader. It held me enthralled until the last sentence.' - Lord Butler

'Dignified yet compelling - packs an enormous emotional wallop.' - Mark Thornton, Costa Award judge

'A novel of raw intensity and startling emotional power - Making Shore is a remarkable achievement, a perfect marriage of memories and imagination which stitches together fact and fiction using a thread of heart-stopping romance - Richly descriptive and exquisitely drawn, Making Shore is both a gripping action story and a compelling romance. An impressive debut.' - Lancashire Evening Post

'A powerful and remarkable novel.' - Army Children Archive

"A remarkable imaginative achievement." - Edward Stourton


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Making Shore

About the author

Sara Allerton

Former teacher Sara Allerton lives near Ipswich, Suffolk, with her husband and three children. Making Shore is her first novel.