I was born and brought up in Liverpool, UK just after The War and went straight from school to sea as a young officer in the Royal Navy. After five years I resigned and worked as a professional yacht skipper for quite a few years before settling to full time writing.
I was inspired to this after delivering a yacht from Jersey to Malta, when we had a fairly serious explosion somewhere off Tunisia after being hove to in a bad storm for some days. We managed to put the fire out, patch up the boat, and get to Malta a few days later, despite no food or water, no charts, compass, engine or electricity, a few dramas, and some assorted broken limbs. When I finally got back home to England a friend suggested I write a story about it for Yachting Monthly magazine. I duly did and they duly bought it, and I thought 'This is a good way to earn money'. Doubtless if I had experienced such a dramatic event on a weekly basis it would have been, but it was quite a long, hard road before I began turning out serious technical articles that were as appealing to an editor as a major explosion in the Med!
When I had become established as a magazine writer I moved into yachting books by expanding a series of beginners' articles and making the proposal to a publisher. I went on to publish twelve yachting instructional books. Some time during this I wrote 'The Seven Gifts', my only novel to date.
I have lived in and renovated a number of boats and houses in various places over the years, and now share a delightful house and 10 acres of weeds near Nelson, New Zealand with wife, son, daughter and a motley collection of animals and boats.
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Varuna - a Thames Barge that was Home
by Caroline Havord
The author and her new husband give up high-flying media lives in London's famous Fleet Street to make a home on an old Thames Barge lying in the mud in Essex. Life on the Varuna turns out to be a long way from 'cocktails on deck at sundown', and Caroline writes about it all with a distinctively dry and laconic wit. Even the tragic ending fails to dim her ability to 'keep on keeping on'.
The Seven "Profound & Insane" Books
by John Mellor
Seven mysterious books have gathered dust for eons in an ancient tower by the sea, never once read since the days they were written. The musty pages tell strange, arcane stories of precious gifts left to the Earth, but kept hidden until the time when men could understand them. That time is now, and a young boy has been charged by an Angel with seeking out and revealing The Seven Gifts.
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