Gale Force by Elleston Trevor hits the £1 shelf in my shop.
William Heinemann, 1956, Hardback in dust wrapper.
2nd impression, of a Special Edition for Book Clubs. [First Edition: 1956]
From the cover: Still two hundred miles oft Lands End at the close of her swift Atlantic run from Buenos Aires, a deep-water merchantman is met by storm. She is the Atlantic Whipper, six thousand tons and with forty in her crew, ten passengers and a cargo of grain. Her call is picked up, along the English coast and among other ships who are themselves running hard for shelter in the gale. The immediate task for her captain, Matthew Harkness, is to make land; within hours he is alone on board, and his task is now to keep his ship afloat.
This story will not fail to recall to mind a true story of the sea of not many years ago. But the names are not important. We are left with the struggle and its three great elements: the ship, and the man, and the sea.
Elleston Trevor, whose recent books The Big Pick-up, Squadron Airborne and The Killing Ground have put him immediately into the front rank of war novelists, has now turned his attention to a peace-time subject, but to a struggle none the less historic. The book will increase and consolidate his already remarkable reputation.
Good in Poor Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper somewhat frayed at the spine ends and corners, a little faded, and heavily pulled at the foot of the upper panel. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Leans slightly. Price Clipped.
Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine.
262 pages. 8″ x 5¼”.
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