Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/7/2006

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 132
ISBN : 9781425944995

About the Book

The author has been a sailor most of his life and, by inclination, a poet.

He has written these stories in order to portray the lives of people of an age which, though only sixty odd years past, is light years away in reality. There is a strong inclination here towards irony and black humour, the tools with which these people did battle.

The ethos is Northern but it is the author’s hope that the tales will be recognised anywhere and that, for the older reader as well as the young, a glimpse of how it was just prior to television will provide a nostalgic journey, a pleasurable instruction and a good read.

About the Author

At seventeen, after a short spell on steam locomotives, I ran away to sea where I served twenty two years. I then became a hospital engineer in Zambia. This lasted two years when I ran away again, this time from the military who were threatening to court martial me. I returned to sea in oil rig vessels and started to write for magazines, eventually getting a job as features writer for a Maltese glossy.

I have lived in Malta, Singapore, Hong Kong, Zambia, India and Sri Lanka and have begun a collection of short stories which will reflect my experience in those countries. I am engaged at the moment in a novel, due out in the summer 2007. I have recently gone overland, in a converted post office van to China, via Iran, Afghanistan and The Karakorum mountains as well as doing the Route 66 Highway in America. To fill in my spare time, I got a BA (Hons) last year and I am currently doing an MA in creative writing at Bolton University. I am 72.