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Thursday, 20 February 2014

Nicholas Monsaratt - The Ship that Died of Shame

reviewed live on bookshow by Maggie Perkovic 20th Feb 2014
This is a retro read which tells in a series of short stories happenings just after
the second World War Two.
The opening story featured in the title was also featured as a film.
Bill Randall was in Coastal Forces fighting the Germans and fending off, among others mines, E boats, gasometers, trawlers and so on. Hoskins was First Lieutenant toRandall as Captain and their ship was their pride and joy. MGB1087 was their pride and joy
and she responded to their touch and demands with ease.  Although they worked well
together there were times Randall mistrusted Hoskins but after the War when he was unable to
work, they got together merely by chance in the very same Corvette.
The work was smuggling, and as the story develops Randall realises that what they are now smuggling is not just drink and cigarettes but worse, drugs. The situation begins
to disgust Randall, and at the same time the ship is "Playing up" almost as if she can't
bear it either.
The final description of disaster hitting them is incredibly thrilling.
The other stories are diverse and heart breaking. Set in Africa, Dunkirk, on a liner, in
respectable suburbia etc.
Well worth read I loved it.
Maggie Perkovic.

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