Sunday, 22 May 2022

The Unsinkable Greta James by Jennifer E Smith


The Unsinkable Greta James was a welcome surprise.  Much more than a romance.  Although there were some romantic elements.


Greta, a popular indie rock chick, is still upset by the death of her mother.  She ends up going on an Alaskan cruise that her parents had planned.  Her relationship with her father is rocky.


She meets a historian nerd Ben on the boat (no, a ship).


The tale is funny in parts, moving as well and a very compelling depiction of a father/daughter relationship.


The cover is great – but I don't know why they chose 'unsinkable' – gives away too much for me.


This is the author's first book for adults.  She has written a number of successful young adult works.

Saturday, 21 May 2022

Sea Fever by John Masefield



I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,

And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;

And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,

And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.


I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide

Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;

A And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,

And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.


I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,

To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;

And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,

And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.