- Series: The Tinfish Series
- Publisher: Endeavour Ink (March 1, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1911445200
- ISBN-13: 978-1911445203
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.9 x 5.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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The Tinfish Run (The Tinfish Series) Paperback – March 1, 2017
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The focus is on the events aboard ship and ashore as we follow principal character Signalman "Lobby" Ludd. I have read a lot of naval fiction, and these 3 books really stand out - for authentic atmosphere and dialog, gripping stories, and the right amount of humor (especially Ludd's and the other sailors' misadventures ashore). A pity that these 3 novels are not more widely known and popular. I rate them among the very best in this genre.
Ronald Bassett's wartime Royal Navy service informs the realism of these stories.
Highly recommended to readers with naval interests, or anyone who might like a really good story about sailors' life in the RN during WW2 - rough at the best of times, but with real humanity amid the hardship and peril.
There is a comprehensive glossary of RN sailor's expressions at the back of the book, which will be useful for those unfamiliar with any of them.
Those who have seen it firsthand will almost never talk about it, and the only way to really get a sense of it is to read a factual account like this first-hand narrative-style account of a North Atlantic - or more accurately, Arctic or Russian - convoy in 1942.
The working-class and enlisted sailor-class slang is heavy sledding but not so dense that one cannot get the gist of any scene. Especially compelling is the huge gulf between civilians in England and men home on leave. The people at home are preoccupied with their privations - getting a little sugar or fat, running out of gas and coal in winter. They simply cannot grasp the magnitude of the gulf between the difficulties of their lives and that of the sailors on active duty, and the men on leave simply cannot explain to them how trivial it is to complain of a poorly heated house or meal of beans and toast, and so they listen in silence.