Arthur’s dead

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By Thomas Jobling, pub­lished by Thomas Jobling at £4.99 Arthur and Bron­agh McKit­t­er­ick-Kirk are in an in­creas­ingly dys­func­tional mar­riage. He is jeal­ous and prone to rants when drunk, she is dis­af­fected, short-tem­pered and ready to leave.

Their story be­gins on a cruis­ing rally from Belfast Lough to Port­patrick aboard Gen­tle Furies, their di­lap­i­dated cabin cruiser with a gaff-rigged rid­ing sail. We know Arthur dies on the trip back, as the book opens with an in­jured Bron­agh com­ing to in hospi­tal af­ter the RNLI re­cov­ered her and a fa­tally-in­jured Arthur from Gen­tle Furies 10 miles off the North­ern Ir­ish coast, but is it mis­ad­ven­ture, or mur­der? The au­thor is clearly a sailor as the ter­mi­nol­ogy and quirks of life on board are au­then­tic. The plot takes a gym­nas­tic twist at the end but I en­joyed the lively de­scrip­tions of pas­sages.

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