A voy­age to the sea

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By De­nis Gor­man, pub­lished by Mata­dor, at £9.99 It’s a book in two parts essen­tially, both re­demp­tive: the first deals with Gor­man’s dif­fi­cult child­hood in some of the less salu­bri­ous parts of Glas­gow and his es­cape to the Royal Navy where he saw ac­tion in the Falk­lands War be­fore be­ing in­valided out with der­mati­tis. The sec­ond sees De­nis adrift again, at­tempt­ing to drop an­chor in the con­ven­tional ways, with a wife, child, sen­si­ble job, but un­able to make it hold.

Soon the words of his beloved fa­ther grew louder and louder, urg­ing him to ‘Turn back to life.’ This he be­gan to do by buy­ing and re­fit­ting a 23ft Virgo Voy­ager, but it wasn’t un­til he be­came in­spired to take on the oceans that De­nis’ trans­for­ma­tion was com­plete. It’s a well-writ­ten tale of one man’s time at both ends of the emo­tional spec­trum.

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