Born in England and raised on the banks of a river in the Sussex countryside, Jim, from a young age, developed a strong spiritual connection with the natural realm. The problem was that he didn’t understand this until much later in life when this realization provided a catalyst and explanation for his disparate philosophies born from his many travels that didn’t seem to tie-in with much of mainstream thinking.
The following series of books are a collection of stories, poems and songs from Jim’s time wandering the world.
Book 1: On Five Continents and Three Oceans
This book contains 25 short true stories about adventures and experiences afloat and throughout many countries of the world, including India, Morocco, Rhodesia (as Zimbabwe then was), Peru, Canada, Portugal, Antigua, Gibraltar, Bahamas, England…… after each story are a few words of reflection upon lessons learned and philosophies earned from the experience recounted.
Interspersed between the stories are 28 original poems and songs on as wide a variety of subjects as the stories themselves; from sea shanties to eulogies, philosophy to plain tom-foolery. Names have deliberately not been used in any of the stories, although some characters will be recognizable to some readers. Some views discussed in the reflective paragraphs may be controversial, but they, none-the-less, stand as the result of the real life episode about which the particular story was lived and written.
Book 1 is currently available from:
- Friesen Press
- Amazon.com – Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle
- Amazon.co.uk – Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle
- Barnes & Noble / Nook
- Powell Books
Book 2: On Tropical Islands and Sparkling Seas
Book 2 copies the format of Book 1 but the focus of this volume is, as it’s name suggests, islands and sailing. This one will appeal to all, but particularly to those who know and love and can relate to life on the islands of the world; also to those with a penchant for the good life afloat in any form, for it covers cruising, racing, deliveries, yachts, big ships, dive boats, research vessels and just about anything that can float, and even some that sank or were washed aground.
Again there is pause for philosophical refection at the end of each story which is followed by a work of lyrical verse introduced, as with the poems and songs of the first book, by a philosophical quote that sets the scene for the lines about to be read.
Book 2 will be available soon…
Book 3: The Songs and Verses
This book comprises over 80 poems and songs, some being favourites from the previous two volumes but many more that were never before in print that manifest themes untouched in books one and two.
Some of these have already been put to music by various singers and song-smiths while others are yet lyrics awaiting an appropriate melody to complete them.
Some are short and poignant while others, though not being categorized as epics, tell an entire story and span several pages. Here you will also find the love songs that are absent from its two predecessors.
This volume combines many works of lyrical verse from three earlier, as yet unpublished, anthologies; Songs of Love and Loneliness, Songs of Life and Destiny, and Songs of the Open Road.
Book 3 is currently available from: