Alker Tripp trilogy now available from Lodestar Books

The beautiful 1920s Alker Tripp trilogy of books about sailing on the South Coast, coastal Suffolk and the Thames Estuary is now available to order from Lodestar Books. Deliveries will begin in early June.

If you happen to be going to the Beale Park Thames Boat Show on the 8th to 10th June, do drop by the Lodestar stall to have a look, as there’s a good chance they will have arrived.

The books – Solent & the Southern Waters, Suffolk Sea Borders and Shoalwater and Fairway – add up to 550 pages of  writing describing sailing these waters at a time when working sail was still common, and their place in English history.

But more than that, Tripp was a gifted illustrator who filled his books with pen drawings and  miniature monchrome paintings, which in these books are laid out with a between-the-wars art deco sensibility.

To show what I mean, here’s a sample chapter Down on the Blackwater ebb, from Shoalwater and Fairway – though what you can’t see here is the lovely thick creamy paper on which they have been printed.

The books are available singly at £20 each, with all three together priced at £45. To make sure you receive yours click here!

Still on the topic of the wonderful Lodestar catalogue, the FB Cooke compendium Cruising Hints is now available in a compact paperback format – only a few copies of the hardcover edition still remain.

Finally, I gather Lodestar’s reprint of Ken Duxbury’s trilogy The Lugworm Chronicles (Lugworm on the Loose, Lugworm Homeward Bound and Lugworm Island Hopping) is selling strongly having had a great reception right around the world.

I can see why it should sell – I’m mightily impressed by first of the trilogy about sailing through the Greek islands, and I now have no doubt how the reputation of the Drascombe Lugger was sealed.

Ken Duxbury’s Lugworm Drascombe Lugger adventures in print again

Lodestar Books is reprinting three classics of open boat cruising originally published in the 1970s, the Lugworm Chronicles.

Ken Duxbury and his wife B set out on a series of adventures in a Drascombe Lugger named Lugworm some 40 years ago, long before today’s explosion of interest in open boat sailing, and the books he wrote have become hard-to-find classics:

  • Lugworm on the Loose describes how Ken and B quit the rat race and explored the Greek Islands under sail
  • Lugworm Homeward Bound recounts their voyage home from Greece to England
  • Lugworm Island Hopping has Ken and B exploring the Scilly Isles and the Hebrides

For a sample from Lugworm on the Loose, click here.

Lodestar Books proprieter Dick Wynne enjoyed the books when they came out, and when he decided to try to reprint them, he was thrilled to discover that Duxbury still going strong, working as an artist  and enjoying his eighties at home in Cornwall with B.

The author was thrilled at the prospect of his books in print once again, and was able to provide negatives for most of the photographs.

The Lugworm Chronicles are a set of three hardcover volumes adding up to 600 pages, complete with original photographs, and maps and drawings by Duxbury himself. The complete package price is £36, and will be available from mid-April. They can be ordered from the Lodestar website now.

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