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Clare Francis


Clare Francis is a successful novelist and yachtswoman who, after sailing solo across the Atlantic in 1973, joined Eve Bonham in the Round Britain Race. This was followed by the Azores and Back Singlehanded Race, the Observer Singlehanded Transatlantic Race – during which she set a new women's singlehanded transatlantic record – and the Whitbread Round the World Race.

Following these adventures she wrote three works of non-fiction, Come Hell or High Water, Come Wind or Weather and The Commanding Sea, about her time at sea.

It was after this that she turned her attention to fiction. Her first novel, Night Sky, received international success, topping the Sunday Times bestseller list and spending six weeks in the New York Times Top 10. Since then her books have been published in 20 languages and in more than 30 countries.

Clare Francis is a Wexas Honorary President, but is the only President who does not sit on Traveller's Honorary Editorial Board.

Clare Francis is the author of:


  • Come Hell or High Water (1977)
  • Come Wind or Weather (1978)
  • The Commanding Sea (1981)
  • Night Sky (1983)
  • Red Crystal (1985)
  • Wolf Winter (1987)
  • Requiem (1989)
  • The Killing Winds (1992)
  • Deceit (1993)
  • Betrayal (1995)
  • A Dark Devotion (1997)
  • Keep Me Close (1999)
  • A Death Divided (2001)
  • Homeland (2003)
  • Unforgotten (2008)

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