Joining the British Merchant Navy straight from school. The story follows the fortunes of a young Liverpool lad as he makes a name for himself in a career at sea. From joining his first ship in his home port and leaving his family behind for the first time, the story tells how he overcomes terrible bouts of sea-sickness that threatens his career.
A career that sees him joining a new ship on it's maiden voyage to seeing ghosts, eating exotic foods and getting tattoos. Somewhere amongst the all night parties, barbeques and far away places, there was hard work. Hard work rewarded with a company contract and the promise of a new career as a Ship's Cook.
Born in 1960 and brought up and educated in the Waterloo/Crosby and Thornton regions of Merseyside. I joined the Merchant Navy straight from school in 1977 and spent nearly five years going away to sea, leaving in 1981. After a brief spell unemployed I became an Assistant Cook within the Social Services Department of Liverpool City Council. I worked for them for 13 years attaining the position of Head Cook for for the last four. In 1989 I met the woman I knew was going to be my wife and we were married in 1991 and now have four children. In 1997 I left catering behind and became a courier for a mail order company. I loved this job but getting mugged two weeks before the Christmas of 1999 made me re-think things and I gave it up after my daughter was born in 2000. In 2002 I had kidney failure that nearly took my life, I've recovered now but not the same man I used to be, but still alive all the same.
The Little Boy Who Went Away To Sea: Book 1 Published December 02, 2014
A Seafarers Guide to Life at Sea; Or How To Deal With A Drunken Sailor Published September 19, 2014
An Unofficial History of Buries Markes, (Ship Management Ltd) Published May 02, 2013
Places I Remember Published October 16, 2010
Been There Done That; Dunroammin' Published February 01, 2010