Book Reviews of The Queen of Whale Cay : The Eccentric Story of 'Joe' Carstairs, Fastest Woman on Water

The Queen of Whale Cay : The Eccentric Story of 'Joe' Carstairs, Fastest Woman on Water
The Queen of Whale Cay The Eccentric Story of 'Joe' Carstairs Fastest Woman on Water
Author: Kate Summerscale
ISBN-13: 9780140276138
ISBN-10: 0140276130
Publication Date: 6/1/1999
Pages: 256
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 8 ratings
Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 2
Ms. Summerscale has done an awful lot of research on a somewhat obscure subject, to put together a fascinating potrait of such an eccentric character. I confess I skimmed through the boat racing details, though they are an important part of the story.
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Helpful Score: 1
I picked this biography up at a used book sale not knowing anything about the subject, Joe Carstairs, or the author. I quite liked it. Usually I get 3/4 of the way into a biography and lose momentum; I finished this in a plane ride. Carstairs was an intersting woman who seemed to have made an impression on many people she met. Summerscale obviously did a lot of research and gives a lot of solid information without burdening the reader. I've never read such a slim biography that still managed to convey so much. It's interesting that Summerscale was spurred to write this after she was assigned to write Carstair's obituary - this reads something like an extended obituary for a major paper.