Book: Riding a Tiger by Helen J. Bealcategories: Book, Somalis, Somalia, Pirates, Super Yacht, Hijacking, Piracy, Eyl, Seychelles, Dugong, Mo Farah, Nurrudin Farah, Somali Pirates
Helen J. Bealabout this book: Riding a Tiger tells the story of Talisman, a fifty meter super yacht hijacked by Somali pirates. I was very interested in the phenomenon of piracy in the Gulf of Aden and did a lot of research before starting to write the book - you can find lists of the novels and non-fiction I read before I embarked on my own on my blog. One thing I really wanted to do when writing Riding a Tiger, was shine some sympathy on the plight of the Somalis - it's difficult for privileged westerners to understand the world that they are born into when ours is so, relatively, ordered and full of opportunity.
I therefore wrote a character driven novel rather than one purely focused on action. The story is told by Rachel, a twenty-something and a member of the ten-strong crew on the boat - she's a stewardess. She starts the novel rather naive and lacking in direction, but her experiences aboard change her in many ways.
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