South From Alaska

A book that speaks to both sides of the brain simultaneously and without contradiction…prose so beautiful, and with such a dose of self-deprecating comic relief, that you yearn to be there with them.
Cruising World

 Litzow is a talented writer…evocative and powerfully visual.
The Age (Melbourne)

Eminently readable.
The Sydney Sun-Herald

As a sailor who raised his daughter aboard, I was touched by this book.  Litzow writes from the heart.
                                                                        Cap'n Fatty Goodlander, sailor and writer

Mike writes well and with utter honesty about the sometimes overwhelming sense of responsibility he feels when he and his partner Alisa take a toddler to sea. He clearly shows the stress this places on their marriage and how it is balanced by the rewards they and their slowly maturing son reap. Essential reading for anyone contemplating voyaging with very young children.

Lin Pardey, author of Storm Tactics Handbook, Self Sufficient Sailor and Bull Canyon


From the time when we first bought Pelagic and started talking about sailing from Alaska to Australia, I wanted to write a book about the trip.  For me, writing the book was nearly as important a motivation for leaving home as was the trip itself.

I always knew that I would write the book, but I wasn't at all sure that I would find a publisher for it, given the "challenging" times that the publishing world finds itself in.  So I was very gratified when the first publisher to see the book offered me a contract.

While I was very happy to publish the book with NewSouth in Australia, the downside was that readers outside of Australia faced a long delay in getting the book - and had to pay Australian prices.

I'm very happy to have a second edition of the book coming out (with pictures!) in both paperback and Kindle versions.

A very nice piece that Fatty Goodlander wrote for Cruising World, about the book and us, is here.  You can see the entire Sydney Sun Herald story here.  Radio interviews about the book with ABC Radio National and Edge Radio in Hobart are both online.

Our friend Diana Bagnall wrote a very nice piece about us, and the book, on the New South website.

The story of how Alisa found out that the book was dedicated to her is here.