Trevor Simpson was born in England. He joined the Royal Navy in 1947, aged just 16, enabling him to travel the world. Upon leaving the Navy, in 1956, he took numerous jobs, before finding himself working as Head Lifeguard in the town of Newquay in Cornwall. From there, he got himself aboard a lobster boat.
Diary of a Cornish Fisherman recounts the years he spent working as a seafisherman, first in partnership, later as skipper of his own boat. As the Diary also records, he made a decision to move to Ireland towards the end of the decade. In Ireland, he continued to ply his trade as a seafisherman. He still lives in Ireland and though he has since retired, he likes to take to the sea occasionally.
In addition to his volume of memoir, entitled Diary of a Cornish Fisherman, he also writes poetry, which has been published in various media.
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Diary of a Cornish Fisherman: Newquay, 1962–1967
by Trevor Simpson
Life in a Cornish fishing community in 1960s is the subject of this absorbing memoir, told in a style that is warm, engaging, humorous and packed full of incident. A book that will appeal to anyone who has gone to sea or wishes that they had. Generously illustrated, complete with a glossary of nautical and fishing terms, it doesn’t just introduce us to the life of the seafarer; it invites us in.
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