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I had forgotten that - as well as writing "Sea Fever" and being Poet Laureate - John Masefield wrote a number of novels, including "Jim Davis" and "The Bird of Dawning". Basically seafaring adventure stories for boys, but none the worse for it.
"Jim Davis" can be found on Gutenberg, though it's not actually out of copyright yet in the UK, as Masefield only died in 1967.
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Thanks for that James, will search them out..... My favourite Masefield is 'midnight folk', one of the landmark books of my childhood...
I like ‘Bird of Dawning’ - the plot is a little implausible but I think the account of the race up the Channel is excellent.
I have not read this book yet after reading your posts I can think that this book is very interesting. I am going to have a one copy of it.
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After reading the above comments I got this from my local library. Disappointing, frankly, a series of short stories too cliched to be of any interest. Not up to the standard of his poetry, IMHO.Humblebee
Masefield was also a bit of an historian. He wrote Sea Life In Nelson's Time full of snippets of information about "wives" in harbour, medical treatment in battle, rates of pay, and social life in the midshipmens' quarters.
A precursor of similar chapters in NAM Rodger's Command of the Ocean recently published.
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