Shipping Book Club
February 19, 2013 6 Comments
Anybody interested in a shipping book club? Below is a list of books I have read recently that have the commercial realities of shipping at their core. I learnt something new about shipping from each of these books, and each is worth a space on your Kindle. I still chortle to myself when I remember Matt McCleery’s description of a kids soccer game in “The Shipping Man”. The novel feels almost autobiographical with a whiff of that was nearly me.
John Guy is famous for his long walks, but I don’t think his “The Reluctant Pirate” is an explanation for one of his absences. It does ring true to life, and in his position as PR may have brought him close to some of the City types in the book.
One man I would like to meet, if a little warily, is Max Hardberger (that is his real name). Today his business lifestyle would be prime reality TV fodder alongside “Ice Truckers” and “Swamp-Loggers”. He is a ship and plane repo man working the non-tourist side of the Caribbean. The writing is easy to read and races along, but then he has a degree in English among his other qualifications.
All three writers would aspire to the success and revenue Joseph Wamburgh has generated as an author. Once a full time cop in LA, Wamburgh’s books are anecdotes of police action strung around a central theme. In his latest book “Harbour Nocturne” the theme is true love in the unlikely surroundings of San Pedro Bay (pee-dro), which we know as the Port of LA / Long Beach and the largest container (cans) port in the US. If you want to know why US ports have labour issues, read “Harbour Nocturne”.
Please let me know if you have read any good shipping books recently.