Rosie Winterbourne has a secret she must keep from her shipmates on Windy C, a secret she cannot even share with her best friend. For if the Royal Navy finds out just how unhinged her life has become since the Accident, then those seven hard years of career-building will have been in vain. But can Rosie keep up the pretence of rationality when the destroyer on which she serves deploys to a war zone?
To Run Before the Sea tells the story, in her own words, of a young woman’s struggle with mental illness and the risks she takes to rid herself of her demons, a story of drama on the high seas and stultifying events ashore. It is a story that explores the troughs of despair on the road to redemption, resilience in the face of adversity.
‘An Adventure Salad with a drizzle of Psychology and a large sprinkle of Salt – think hybrid of Miller’s ‘The Crossing’ and Kayson’s ‘Girl, Interrupted’.’ (Abbotsbury Hawes)