Ordinary men stretched to the limit at sea
J. P. W. 'Curly' Mallalieu's raw and gripping novelisation of his own wartime experience—from basic training to action and danger in a convoy to Arctic Russia, sold tens of thousands of copies within months of publication in 1944. Everything recounted here actually happened to him or one of his shipmates, and Very Ordinary Seaman, out of print for many years, remains the finest account of naval life below decks in World War II. Read more.
Functional beauty in timber
Forthright and Steadfast were two of many wooden fishing boats created by the Peterhead firm of Richard Irvin & Sons from the 1950s to the 1970s, and their names characterise the entire output of the yard. In Forthright & Steadfast artist, photographer and fishing industry journalist Gloria Wilson gives us her appreciation, in words and some one hundred photos and drawings, of the boats themselves and some of the individuals who designed, built and operated them. Read more.