RA­CUN­DRA’S THIRD CRUISE

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Arthur Ran­some (ed. Brian Ham­mett), Fern­hurst

A reis­sue of Brian Ham­mett’s care­fully re­searched com­pi­la­tion of di­ary notes, pho­to­graphs and un­pub­lished nar­ra­tive by Arthur Ran­some, which tell the next chap­ters in the story of Ra­cun­dra af­ter her first cruise in the au­tumn of 1922. Her 1923 cruise to the Fin­nish ar­chi­pel­ago (in­cluded here) was cur­tailed to a few scat­tered weeks by bad weather and the de­mands of jour­nal­ism. In the sum­mer of 1924, Ran­some was less am­bi­tious. Ra­cun­dra me­an­ders along the rivers of Latvia while her owner fails to catch pike and bangs out ar­ti­cles on ‘money re­form’ – un­til his newly wed wife dis­cov­ers a mouse on board… Ham­mett’s scrupu­lous edi­to­rial ap­proach means that most sto­ries are heard twice but they’re none the worse for that. A book to savour.

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