Francis B Cooke’s writing republished in blockbuster manual of traditional yachting

Francis B Cooke was one of the great yachting writers of the 20th century and more – a long-lived man, he was first published in 1883 and was still writing in the early 1970s, by which time he was in his early 100s . He has been one of my favourite authors for many years, and … Continue reading “Francis B Cooke’s writing republished in blockbuster manual of traditional yachting”

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If you’re short of a present, there might just be time… Lodestar Books

If you are short of a present at any time, can I suggest you turn for help to one of the best new publishing ventures for years – Dick Wynne’s outstanding Lodestar Books? Three new books are Martin O’Scannall’s For the Love of Sauntress, Robb Robinson and Ian Hart’s Viola From Great War to Grytviken — The … Continue reading “If you’re short of a present, there might just be time… Lodestar Books”

The Marine Quarterly December 2014 out now

The Marine Quarterly for winter 2014 is out now, and looks good! Its articles and extracts include Francis B Cooke writing about life on board his Faversham-built smack at Christmas,  Sophia Kingshill on the subject of mermaids and Jonathon Green explaining slang words related to fish. Read more extracts from the Quarterly here. Here’s a quote from … Continue reading “The Marine Quarterly December 2014 out now”