Back in the late 1980s I wrote Topsail and Battleaxe and it promptly won The Best Book of the Sea award. It’s been long out of print, but audio’s the coming thing, so here we go! Narrated with gusto by Yours Truly, it tells of the colourful goings-on during a rough old voyage in my 1911 pilot cutter. On board you’ll meet my wife Roz, my four-year-old daughter and a crew of unlikely characters, all sailing from Norway to Newfoundland in the wake of Erik the Red and his 10th-century desperadoes. The Vikings get a good look-in to the story and somehow the boat hangs more or less together, which all makes for a rollicking tale.
I wanted to get this up on the site straightaway, but it does mean for the moment that once downloaded, you’ll have to click each chapter individually. In due course this will be remedied and you’ll be able to listen seamlessly.
So, settle back and join us all on the good ship ‘Hirta’ where things are not looking too fusty!