By (author) Richard Woodman
Ebb Tide by Richard Woodman
Book DescriptionIt is 1843 and Captain Sir Nathaniel Drinkwater embarks on the paddle-steamer Vestal for an inspection of lighthouses on the west coast of England. Bowed with age and honours, the old sea-officer has been drawn from retirement on half-pay to fulful his public duty. The following day, tragedy strikes, and Drinkwater is confronted with his past life: his sins and follies, his triumphs and his disasters. Drawing on a true incident, Richard Woodman deftly concludes the career of his sea-hero. Both punctilious sea-officer and sympathetic libertarian, Drinkwater's complex character is revealed in its entirety. Far fom being the reminiscences of an old man, the novel skilfully weaves the past with the present; and the personal tensions below decks, the straining creak of a man-of-war under sail, the crack of cannon-shot and the plaintive mews of the trailing gulls are never far away. To the end, Nathaniel Drinkwater's life is full of incident and the unexpected, so typical of the sea-officers of his day...
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780751526486
(178mm x 108mm x mm)
Imprint: Time Warner Paperbacks
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 1-Apr-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Richard Woodman
Richard Woodman was born in London in 1944. He became an indentured midshipman in cargo liners at 16 and has sailed in a variety of ships, serving from apprentice to captain. He is now enjoying retirement, sailing frequently.
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