Stories of Mick Dawson's adventures to Robinson

Rights - NonFiction Monday, 14 October 2019

Challenges faced with fellow Royal Marines veterans

Duncan Proudfoot, publishing director of Little, Brown's Robinson imprint, has signed world rights in Never Leave a Man Behind by Mick Dawson (June 2020), the story of how Dawson accompanied two veterans - one traumatised, one blind - on two epic ocean adventures.

With fellow Royal Marines veteran Steve Grenham, who was struggling to cope with the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Dawson kayaked round the Falkland Islands. With blind former Royal Marine Commando Steve "Sparky" Sparkes, he rowed more than 2,500 miles across the Pacific, from Monterey Bay in California to Waikiki, Hawaii. Both adventures took place under the aegis of the Cockleshell Endeavour, which Dawson set up.

Proudfoot said: "Through two voyages, which would have been challenging for ocean experts, let alone novices, Mick helped Steve and Sparky to surmount difficulties in their own lives in triumphant fashion. These are incredibly moving stories, very well told, of remarkable men, helping each other to achieve almost impossible goals."

Photo: Sparky rowing

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