On February 11 2001, Ellen MacArthur sailed into port in France, completing the Vendee Globe, the world's toughest race. Alone and unsupported, she had spent more than three months at sea and had beaten everything the race could throw at her - storms, icy seas, exhaustion, rigging failures and, when she was fighting for first place, a catastrophic collision with a submerged object that could have cost her not just the lead but her life.
At twenty-four she became the youngest person ever to complete the race and the fastest woman to circumnavigate the globe.
This is her story - how, from her childhood in land-locked Derbyshire, Ellen made it to the startline of the Vendee Globe. It's also the incredible story of the race that catapulted her on to the front pages and into the nation's heart. Dramatic and moving, 'Taking On The World' will inspire and enthral all who read it.