Preview: Good Reads: Recommendations by Geoff Kerr

October 20, 2013

Avatar Geoff Kerr asked our guides to share their favorite books that should be in every boater’s library…

Here are classics that live on my bedside table, poised to be sampled or reread at least annually:

Para Handy, by Neil Munro
(Published by Birlinn Ltd; various editions available)

This collection of seafaring tales centers on the VITAL SPARK, a minor steam lighter working out of Glasgow, Scotland, in the early decades of the 20th century. The collection originally appeared serially in The Glasgow Evening News, and comprises a fascinating commentary on then current events, maritime affairs, Scottish culture and the scapades of the title character, the captain of a barely functional crew. The tales are short, hilarious, and ever so believable. I read a story or two every night, then go back to the beginning and read them again.

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