Close
(0) items
You have no items in your shopping cart.
All Categories
    Filters
    Currency
    Search
    Manufacturer: Independent Publishers

    Very Ordinary Seaman

    €17.48
    Bill Mallalieu was a journalist before going to sea, and his writing experience is put to good use in this pacey, vibrant tale based on his own experiences, full of lively characters and punchy, irreverent dialogue.
    ISBN: 9781907206443
    Ship to
    *
    *
    Shipping Method
    Name
    Estimated Delivery
    Price
    No shipping options

    Author: Bill Mallalieu

     

     ISBN 9781907206443

     

    First published to huge acclaim during the war it describes, Very Ordinary Seaman relates-with humanity, humour and the authority of experience-lower-deck life in the British navy, from basic training to service on a destroyer protecting a convoy to Arctic Russia, a mission which came under heavy attack by air and sea, and from which many did not return.

    "When Very Ordinary Seaman first appeared in the spring of 1944, V. S. Pritchett of the New Statesman described it as `One of the best pieces of documentary writing that I have come across during the war.' Elizabeth Bowen wrote in The Tatler, `the last chapters of Very Ordinary Seaman did leave me breathless; and also, feeling that we have known too little.' John Betjeman wrote, `This is so sincere and truthful, so much both, that you are held all the time... You become part of the community life of the ship, so that despite the dangers, boredom and discomfort you step ashore reluctantly.' By any standards this was a remarkable performance for a writer who was wearing the uniform of an ordinary seaman and sitting in a busy, overcrowded naval office `facing a blank wall and typing myself dry.'" - from Brian Lavery's Introduction

    Author: Bill Mallalieu

     

     ISBN 9781907206443

     

    First published to huge acclaim during the war it describes, Very Ordinary Seaman relates-with humanity, humour and the authority of experience-lower-deck life in the British navy, from basic training to service on a destroyer protecting a convoy to Arctic Russia, a mission which came under heavy attack by air and sea, and from which many did not return.

    "When Very Ordinary Seaman first appeared in the spring of 1944, V. S. Pritchett of the New Statesman described it as `One of the best pieces of documentary writing that I have come across during the war.' Elizabeth Bowen wrote in The Tatler, `the last chapters of Very Ordinary Seaman did leave me breathless; and also, feeling that we have known too little.' John Betjeman wrote, `This is so sincere and truthful, so much both, that you are held all the time... You become part of the community life of the ship, so that despite the dangers, boredom and discomfort you step ashore reluctantly.' By any standards this was a remarkable performance for a writer who was wearing the uniform of an ordinary seaman and sitting in a busy, overcrowded naval office `facing a blank wall and typing myself dry.'" - from Brian Lavery's Introduction

    Product tags
    Customers who bought this item also bought

    Liberty's Provenance

    €29.14
    Nautilus Telegraph's Book of the Month for December 2019.

    Dreadnoughts

    €18.64
    Launched in 1906, the Royal Navy battleship HMS Dreadnought served as such a step change in warship design, construction and operation that the name passed into common usage to define an entire class of similar vessels rapidly built by other maritime nations as the First World War loomed.

    The Great Scuttle

    €17.47
    The End of the German High Seas Fleet through eyes of children in the local Orkney community. This well-researched history is given life and immediacy by personal stories - with the added bonus of hearing how the events of June 1919 brought washed-up treasures to the Orkney islanders and created salvage jobs for many years to come.

    The Man Who Discovered Antarctica: Edward Bransfield Explained

    €29.14
    Aims to make Bransfield's name better known, claiming to tell for the first time 'the full story of this remarkable man and his historic journey.'

    Memoirs of a Seafarer

    €10.48
    Captain Ian Tew, retired Nautilus member, shipmaster and professional salvor. His story, recounted while stranded in Tahiti, provides a fascinating insight into a life of voyage and discovery, of expert seamanship, salvage and courage.