Saturday, 15 December 2007

Why sailors make good writers.

Back in October I wrote about a new book,The Silence at the Song's End, written by the late Nicholas Heiney

Libby Purvis, his mother, talks on this audio file about her reasons for publishing and makes some interesting observations on why so many sailors write.

video

There is a wealth of nautical literature, ancient and modern, prose and poetry, fact and fiction. One of the many joys of cruising is having the time to 'devour' the books that I have always wanted to read...

A few titles that I have particularly enjoyed include : Voyaging the Pacific by Miles Hordern, Two Years before the mast by Richard Henry Dana and The Long Way by Bernard Moitessier.

There are literally hundreds more, from saga length expedition notes to small family cruising journals. Plenty of fuel for many more years of cruising reading for me!

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