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Nicholas had been a highly gifted,
promising young man, but at times
suffering severe depression.
Nicholas had also been a keen
sailor and to try to reconnect with
this happier memory of his son,
Paul decided to set out alone on
a voyage he would have liked them
to have embarked upon together.
The voyage, including round
Cape Horn and sailing through the
spectacular Beagle Channel, proved to be a daunting expedition that
called on Paul’s courage, physical strength and mental fortitude in
violent seas, storm force winds and barren landscape.
One Wild Song is a beautifully-written book, injected with humour,
perceptiveness and philosophy, recounting Paul’s highs, lows,
frustrations and triumphs, that brings the reader close to his objective
of finding peace of mind and a way to face the future without his son.
Paul does achieve this, during the long voyage of 18,000 nautical
miles – 11,000 of them alone except for the perceived presence aboard
of his dead son, Nicholas.
“ Throughout this trip I knew he wasn’t there, wasn’t in the
cabin, wasn’t at the wheel, but that is not to say he was nowhere.
He was out there somewhere, I know, among his ocean curls. And
for a brief while I was able to be with him,” Paul writes poignantly
in the final chapter.
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As a journalist, Emma Bamford is swept along with
the London rat race, lost amongst the egos of Fleet
Street. Surrounded by budget cuts and bullies, the
thrill of a breaking news story is no longer enough.
And at 31, Emma decides to grasp her life by the
roots and reclaim her freedom ... by running away
to sea and joining a complete stranger (and his cat)
on a yacht in Borneo.
PB 346 pages $19.95
Seafaring – The Full Story
by Captain George P Broughton, Master Mariner,
illustrated by Kenneth D Shoesmith, RI.
Originally published by Faber & Gwyer in 1926,
republished in paperback by Global Publishing in 2014.
RRP: $20.10 (218pp; 140mm x 221mm)
Seafaring was originally published
in England by Faber & Gwyer in
1926 and was lavishly reviewed by
The Spectator at that time. In 1928, an
Australian newspaper provided a
vivid description of Captain George
Broughton’s dramatic encounter with
pirates in the South China Sea.
This book is not a biography of
Captain Broughton, but a first-hand
account and collection of remarkable
stories of seafaring life and characters
he encountered in the days before
steam had conquered sail.
George Broughton went to sea
in 1882 as a 12-year-old apprentice,
largely because of a series of tragedies that had struck his family,
including the death at sea of his father Captain Charles Broughton.
Under sail, he gained his Master’s certificate at the age of 19, later
sailing as a deck officer and master of a variety of steamships that
eventually made him a Master Mariner.
His own experiences under sail and steam make fascinating
reading, a lifetime of ocean voyages through storms, shipwreck,
onboard fire and pirates – and setting a trap for pirates.
“He saw ... a hand steal over the bulwarks, four human fingers
stretched out and grasped the rail inside...swift as lightning, without
hesitation, he lifted the axe and struck ... instantly the crew rose,
they were met in combat by pirates climbing over the rail,” is how
he describes this dramatic incident. In this case the pirates lost.
Seafaring – the Full Story has been republished in paperback,
including an Epilogue revealing the captain’s fortunes since writing
this most entertaining book where ‘the salt of the sea is in these
The book is beautifully illustrated by Kenneth D Shoesmith RI,
a prolific artist well-known for his marine posters of pre-war Trans-
One Wild Song –
A Voyage in a Lost Son’s Wake
by Paul Heiney
published by Bloomsbury
RRP: $32.99 (230pp; 234mm x 153mm)
Paul Heiney has been a television and radio broadcaster in Britain
for the past 30 years, most recently presenting the ITVA primetime
show Countrywise. He has also written more than a dozen books,
both fiction and non-fiction.
When Paul’s son Nicholas committed suicide, aged 23, Paul
and wife, Times columnist Libby Purves, were rocked to the core.
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