Thursday, August 10th, 2017
Mistress and Commander
I just have to review this book
It tells the true story of one woman’s dauntless tale of high jinks, high seas and highlanders.
It details how Amelia Dalton, the author, converted an aging deep sea trawler into a holiday cruiser when she became weary of her safe, predictable county life of grouse moors, hunt balls and starchy Yorkshire society after the unexpected death of her second son.
Unprepared by her background, she had to deal with the closed community of suspicious chauvinistic fishermen in NE Scotland in the 1990s, negotiate red tape, oversee shipyards and deal with engineers, while coping with demanding shareholders and wayward employees.
What began as a love affair with the romance of the sea became a battle to stay afloat financially and literally.
Dalton has written a lively account her adventurous voyage of self-discovery that has the same drama of the Year in Provence books with the light hearted humour of James Herriot.
By the end of the book you are in no doubt that Amelia Dalton truly deserves the title Mistress and Commander.
Launched at Hatchards, Piccadilly during May this year it has sold so well it is already being reprinted.
If I cannot command you to then I commend you to read it.