Troubador All at Sea

Released: 28/11/2020

ISBN: 9781800460744

eISBN: 9781800467729

Format: Paperback/eBook

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All at Sea


One man’s voyage through life

It’s the late 1960s – a decade of Mods and Rockers; Beats and Hippies and full of peace and love. Aged seventeen, John Cooke ventures out on the roads, hitch-hiking around the UK. On the South Coast, he gets caught up with the romance of the sea and foregoes his freedom when he signs away more than nine years of his life by joining the Royal Navy. It is only after signing on the dotted line that he realises he’s made a monumental mistake; and there is no legitimate way out.

John recounts his adventures as an adolescent who sails to the Far East; visiting Cape Town, Singapore, Sydney and Perth along the way. His voyage through the tempestuous sea of life was interspersed with time spent in Military Corrective Training Centres as well as in the Royal Navy Detention Quarters.

But this epic journey is only the beginning for John on his road to discovery...

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John Cooke

John Cooke was a late starter in life. He was the product of a fragmented family where he experienced over half a dozen family situations by the time he was fifteen years old.

He left home for summer vacation work when seventeen, but ended up joining the Royal Navy; he says it was the biggest mistake he ever made.

Later in life he returned to education, gained a degree, and a post-grad diploma in Careers Guidance. He achieved his aim of trying to steer other teenagers towards positive life choices and not to make the mistakes he made.

He has had poetry published in both The Lady and People's Friend and is still a member of Wrekin Writers group.

He is now retired and lives by the sea in North Wales.

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