book review

Simple Boat Maintenance

Author: 

Pat Manley

ISBN number: 

978 - 1 - 909911-13-0

Published by Fernhurst Books,

DIY maintenance seems to be a dying art these days and most Marine ‘Engineers’ offering repairs are at best replacement component-only artists, ask them about fine and course Metric screw threads and you are likely to be met with a blank expression let alone mention BSF, BSW, BA etc.

 

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The Cruise of Naromis: August in the Baltic 1939

Author: 

G A Jones

ISBN number: 

9781899262335

Published by: Golden Duck UK Ltd. in paperback 

This is far from a straightforward cruise log: part diary, part biography, part naval history. The timing may be unique: having sailed up the German coast and passed through the Kiel Canal, the heroine ends her three-week voyage at Grimsby on Saturday 2nd September 1939, the day before the Second World War began.

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SWINGING THE LAMP

Author: 

Nick Ardley

ISBN number: 

9781781554982

Published by  Fonthill Media

I first came across Nick Ardley’s books a couple of years ago, courtesy of my sister. ‘Swinging the Lamp’ is his latest publication and continues his pleasingly unique view of the Thames, Medway and East Coast. He gives an insightful glimpse into the history – both on and by the water –of these remote areas, with a relaxed prose and a knowledgeable background, especially concerning Thames sailing barges – Nick was brought up on SB May Flower - and all accompanied by many photographs spanning the decades.

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West Country Cruising Companion

Author: 

Mark Fishwick

ISBN number: 

139781909911086

 

Published by Fernhurst Books, the latest edition of West Country Cruising continues the valuable role of being both an excellent pilot guide to some of the very finest cruising grounds around our coast and also providing that local knowledge of the many attractions ashore, the pubs and restaurants that make this such a wonderful place to sail. Martin Fishwick’s encyclopaedic knowledge of the area will find favour to those new to the West Country and also those already familiar with its charms. It should find a place on any boat bound for the south west.

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Canvas Flying, Seagulls Crying

Author: 

Justin Tyers

ISBN number: 

978-1-4729-0980-0

Published by Bloomsbury,  this book is a good account of a couple whose lives were reborn by taking to the sea after a disastrous fire that destroyed their home.   It gives a tale of sailing the west coast of Scotland, down the Irish Sea and on to Cornwall and Normandy. It is a story of everyday life on a live aboard venture as experienced by two novice sailors. More of a tale of adventures and mishaps than a practical handbook, it is a good read with much about the harbours, islands and characters encountered.

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An Average War - Eighth Army to Red Army

Author: 

Mike Peyton

ISBN number: 

ISBN 978-1-909911-12-3

This book is a memoir of a far from average experience of WW11. From hearing the declaration of war in a bicycle shop, experiences of joining up and then to the desert war and on to a PoW camp, this is an infantry man’s account of life and death as must have been experienced by many on both sides. Later shipped to Germany and liberated by the advancing Russians, the author writes with an authentic recall of events and of friends lost and made.

Not a typical sailing club library book, but a worm’s eye view of army life in wartime and a very good read.

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