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A review of Never Miss an Opportunity, by James Ingleby

I'd always known that James and Moira had 'had some adventures' but it's probably a mark of their good manners and modesty that I had no idea quite the scale of what they've achieved over the years. When James contacted us asking whether we'd be happy for him to donate proceeds from his book to Jo's trust we were incredibly touched at such a kind gesture from someone who I've always considered a bit of a hero.

'Never Miss an Opportunity' is a wonderful read. When I first got a copy, I particularly looked forward to reading about their family sailing adventures, I remember how astounded we were as children to hear the tales that the Ingleby children told on their return from sailing to the Galapagos and other far flung destinations. Taking our own children sailing around the world is something I've always wanted to do but haven't yet 'seized the opportunity' so I loved reading about how they achieved it. What they accomplished with their young family is incredible, and they did so having learnt what they needed to know about sailing at an evening course in Aberdeen. Not only did they sail much of the way around the world, twice, but they all seem to have had a whale of a time doing so too. The photographs in the book are spectacular.

Many of the other chapters cover the many cross-continental rallies that James and Moira have taken part in. I had imagined I might gloss over some of these (cars not usually my thing!) but James really brings it all to life, even for a non-petrol head, detailing the varied vehicles and competitors, and doing a great job of conveying the toughness of the challenges. I particularly loved hearing about how these extraordinary machines were adapted to rally spec by a crack team assembled in the rural hamlet of Glass, amongst the farm machinery. It was also lovely to read the extracts from Moira's diaries from when she was the co-driver, she somehow even managed to take in the scenery while navigating through impossible terrain at breakneck speeds.

We can't thank James enough for choosing the Jo Walters Trust as the beneficiary of donations from the book, and can only echo his encouragement to 'seize every opportunity', just as Jo did.

Lucy Johnston, Chair, Jo Walters Trust

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