Colin Jarman reviewed Blokes Up North and An Eye for a Boat in October’s Yachting Monthly; here are some highlights.

Of Blokes, the account by two Royal Marines officers of their North-west Passage expedition in a 17ft open boat :

Written with alternating authors, the two views of the same situation or subject work well. Illustrated with a good selection of photographs, a surprisingly gripping read.

And of An Eye, Tony Watts’s book of masterful marine watercolours:

In this collection of 50 of his entrancing watercolours he covers the whole gamut of craft… The paintings show a great feeling for the sea, its movement, and for pretty and purposeful vessels.

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