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  [29th January 2014]
I've given a chapter of The Big Necessity to Longreads, a site I thoroughly support. I haven't been paid for it, and it's free to access. Mark, Longreads founder, asked if I wanted it to be behind a paywall, but I don't. The chapter ...
  [28th January 2014]
The paperback cover of Deep Sea and Foreign Going. It has sea-green on it. I love it.
  [24th January 2014]
I've reviewed Horatio Clare's book, Down to the Sea in Ships, for the Guardian. It was a difficult commission. I've known about Horatio's book for a while, and that it sounds a lot like mine: a writer runs away to sea on a Maersk ...
  [21st January 2014]
When I began researching Ninety Percent/Deep Sea, not much attention was being paid to piracy outside the shipping industry. Hostages' stories were rarely told; Somali pirates were seen as dastardly, sort of dashing, cartoonish. That had changed by the time the book came out last ...
  [20th January 2014]
Some shipping news. I'll be coming to the US to talk at a few events in March. First is a lecture at Seafarers and International House in New York City. Sunday, March 16, 2pm, at 123 E. 15th Street. Free admittance. The theme of ...
  [14th January 2014]
I don't agree much with New Year's resolutions, so I don't have any. But I do want to blog more. I want to write more. So my intent is to write more here, about all sorts of stuff. I will widen things a bit. But ...
  [11th December 2013]
For me, it was the knives. For my mother it was the tea cup. Ordinary household objects that meant such dreadful things. The cup came first. My mother, Sheila Wainwright, now 73, asked her husband John, my stepfather for 30 years, to put a cup on ...