Three Boys in a Boat by David Brook soon to be presented for sale on the sparkling BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: London: Adlard Coles Limited, 1968, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps; Maps to the endpapers and blanks;
From the cover: This is a unique human story of how a man, suddenly left with three young boys to bring up on his own, turned to yachting as a means of both bringing himself closer to them and helping them to grow up without being too acutely aware of the lack of one parent. How well he succeeded the reader will soon judge.
However, this tale is much more than a family chronicle. It is written by a very competent yachtsman who manages to convey what life on a small cruising yacht is like better than many another writer. His descriptions are often dramatic, always interesting.
Here is cruising on the East Coast, in Belgium, Holland and the Channel Islands racing with the East Anglian Offshore fleet in which the author was third overall with Nymphet in 1963.
There are some tense moments in I fog and heavy weather with what is probably one of the best descriptions written of a gale at sea in a small boat with an open cockpit.
The story comes to a thrilling climax when the family nearly lose their yacht in a force 9 off Dover. There is also a moving account of how a young woman came into their lives to become not only an able yachtswoman but mother to the three boys.
Good in Poor Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the spine ends and corners with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper with fraying to the spine ends and corners. Endpapers and blanks tanned. The pages are somewhat tanned, if tight, and a little musty.
Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 238 pages. Index. 8½” x 6″.