For all those people who asked when I was going to write another book, it turns out the answer was: Not until I was clocking a hundred miles a day without touching the helm or the sheets.
Sure enough, the Atlantic crossing by the trade wind route provided the perfect motivation – there wasn’t anything else to do.
And so I am pleased to present The Good Stuff.
I won’t describe it here because there’s an extensive introduction explaining how it came about – and of course, the blurb on the Amazon page.
But already it has its first review: From Betty Gibbs of Tunbridge Wells, who wrote to the editor of the Daily Telegraph with fulsome praise for the episode involving the dog, the Animal Health Inspector and the leak and Roquefort tarte.
And this book (these books – there are two volumes) have been professionally produced! I found myself spending all my waking hours trying to correlate the page numbers and the Table of Contents – something which hadn’t been an issue with Old Man Sailing.
Anyway, I ended up working with a wonderful editor in the USA. Then a talented graphic designer in France produced the cover – and Hey Presto! Something that wouldn’t look out of place in Waterstones.
Not that I’ve actually seen it, of course. I’m sitting here in Deadman’s Bay in The Virgin Islands, and the Amazon delivery man doesn’t call here.
You can find The Good Stuff – Book One at https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B09ZK3DX3G
Book Two is at https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B09ZK7F6RV
I wish there was some way Amazon would offer a discount for buying them together – but apparently not. Still, it would save on cardboard…