“Well written. Riveting, with complex characters. Hurley has crafted a strong story that examines friendship, corruption, mysticism, and love.” —Publishers Weekly
“Addictive, escapist reading. Deliriously satisfying.” —Kirkus
“[A] spellbinding, beautifully written creation.” —Long & Short Reviews
“[A] tale both hopeful and tragic, with an ending that will leave you lost in thought.” —The Book Wheel
“Beautifully crafted, flawlessly written, and a resounding novel of friendship, pain, and ultimate forgiveness.” —Literary R & R
Welcome aboard! Starting May 25, 2015, follow me on a forty-day, 3,400-mile solo passage across the Atlantic from Charleston to Ireland aboard a 30-foot sailboat. To see a map updated daily with my position via satellite and read my posts about conditions mid-ocean, click on the photo at right for the link to my Facebook page. The voyage will be part of the writing process for my forthcoming novel, The Passage, and will also be used to obtain film footage for a docudrama to be based on the book. To read a free copy of the first chapters of THE PASSAGE, click on the “Download Now” button, below. —Michael
BOOKS BY MICHAEL HURLEY
On August 27, 1966, at sixty-five years of age, suffering from terminal lung cancer and unexplained palsy in one leg, Francis Chichester set out alone from Plymouth, England aboard Gipsy Moth, a 54-foot, custom-built ketch, bound for the South Atlantic. When he returned nine months, one day, and 29,630 miles later, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth for completing the fastest solo circumnavigation in history along the “clipper route,” by way of the southern capes. He made only one stop—in Sydney, Australia, for seven weeks. Before and after Sydney, he spent 107 and 157 consecutive days, respectively, alone at sea. He was dead of cancer within five years of this stunning achievement.
As a solo sailor myself, albeit one not worthy to untie Chichester’s Topsiders, I have long been fascinated by the pathos of single-handed sailing and the psychology of those who practice it over great distances. It’s not just that life is uncomfortable lived during sudden squalls or maddening calms […]
NEWS & REVIEWS
- The Prodigal is now available on Audible.com.
- Publishers Weekly reviews The Vineyard, calling it “riveting” and “well-written.”
- An audiobook edition of The Vineyard is now out on Audible.com.
- Kirkus Reviews describes The Vineyard as “addictive, escapist reading” with a “deliriously satisfying” conclusion.
- The Prodigal wins the 2013 Chanticleer Reviews Book Award and the $1,000 cash Grand Prize. The Joanne L. Hurley Book Prize is formed in memory of the author’s mother with the proceeds.
- Publishers Weekly describes The Prodigal as “well-crafted prose.”
- Kirkus Reviews describes The Prodigal as “stirring, romantic and evocative of the sea’s magic.”
- ForeWord Clarion Review gives The Prodigal five stars, calling it “a masterpiece of artistic imagination.”
- The Prodigal is reviewed in the Journal of the American Psychiatric Association.
- The Prodigal crosses the pond with an excerpt in the Dublin Review of Books.
- Barnes & Noble’s Small Press Department in New York announces it will stock The Prodigal in selected stores.
- The Prodigal comes to indie bookstore shelves, including Politics & Prose, Tattered Cover, Quail Ridge Books, Booktowne, Cannon Beach Books, Changing Hands, Bank Square Books, Head House Books, Buxton Village Books, and Scuttlebutt Nautical Books & Gifts.
- Listen to Michael on NPR station WUNC during “The State of Things” with host Frank Stasio.
- Listen to Michael on the Drew Marshall Show from Toronto (Mp3 download).
- Watch Michael on the “Virginia This Morning” program on CBS TV affiliate WTVR in Richmond.
- Listen to Michael on “The Bottom Line” program on KBRT radio Los Angeles.
- Salt Magazine features Once Upon A Gypsy Moon in its inaugural issue.
- Video of Michael’s remarks at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh.