Coming-of-age tale

November 28, 2006
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Shipping Out: A Merchant Sailor’s Tale, by Gerry Evans (Sarah Bennett Books, RRP $29.99):

Gerry Evans fell in love with the sea growing up in the Welsh seaside town of Aberystwyth and at the age of 16, he joined the British merchant navy.

Evans was a boy when he shipped out but along the way matured into a man and made his way to New Zealand, where he eventually became the 2006 Writer-in-Residence at the Michael King Writers’ Centre in Auckland.

Shipping Out is an enchanting tale of his adventures, of  exotic destinations, rogue captains, fun, fear and excitement.

His time sailing under the red duster shaped who he was to become and this book is something of a coming-of-age tale.

It’s an easy read that gives an interesting look at Evans’ life.

Jillian Allison-Aitken

I come from the other land down under, where men are men, and sheep are nervous. I'm a sub-editor and in the past have been a proof-reader, news editor and web editor. I am also an ex-columnist, and book and software reviewer for the local daily newspaper.I still read. A lot. And surf the web. Also a lot.You'll find a little about both of those pastimes here, and on By George.

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