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
Published: May 22, 2013 by
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 Gifts
By John Mellor
Published: August 28, 2011 by
A young boy's rite of passage begins in a small room at the top of a tower stood alone at the end of a long, lonely windswept beach - far from any world that you or I could dream to know. Seven dusty old books, never once read in the aeons since they were written, take him on a wild, mystical ride through worlds that only he can see, and fears that only he can sense, for a reason only he can find.
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