Troubador Schemes and Boats and Cranes

Released: 28/01/2019

eISBN: 9781789019124

Format: eBook

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Schemes and Boats and Cranes

1. T’e Prison Graduate. 2. ‘Curtiss’. 3. Triple Golfing Hazards.


This book has no literary pretensions, put together too hurriedly by an impatient old git who could have padded it out Dickens style or in the manner of Hardy’s, The Wellbeloved. It reflects a time when the Battle of Britain was won, the bombing had eased a fair bit and life, although grey and monotonous with the ever present queues for food, was showing the first signs of normalisation. This despite heavy militarisation leading up to DDay. Homosexuality was scorned by the judgemental masses and severely punished by the military. It was rarely despised by the non-parochial or the intelligent and the real heroine and heroes were of the type who would resist the disparagement or ill treatment of their fellows. They often needed courage to do so. In another sphere the irrational spiteful treatment of foreigners, even refugees, conditioned the author to write of events that seared his mind as a youngster. Like most novels I suspect that fiction has a certain amount of experience involved in its fabric and certainly the events described could have happened.

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Mason Penn

The author was born on Portland in 1930 in a terraced prison warder’s bungalow only fifty yards from the east cliff. As a child he would use footholds in the cliff wall to view the shipping traffic in Weymouth Bay where he watched the manoeuvres of the battleships Nelson and Rodney on occasion. As a youngster, from the same high vantage point, he witnessed in the dusk of 5/6/44 an armada of planes towing gliders flying very low overhead - the vanguard of troops starting the invasion of Normandy and in the early evening of DDay, from the same spot, looking down he saw a Spitfire fly over the rifle range butts some fifty below perform a Victory Roll. The exuberant pilot barrelling out over the Osprey and harbour and back to base. Seven months later the writer started a stonemasonry apprenticeship, later to become the apprentice master and finally a lecturer at Weymouth College. His interests now are doodling with words, very active at bowls and likes a round of golf in the summer.

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