Troubador Schemes and Boats and Cranes

Released: 28/01/2019

ISBN: 9781789016796

eISBN: 9781789019124

Format: Paperback/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.

Book News. Has sold a considerable number to kind friends at his club. Three reviews so far.

Very well written each story makes you want to read to the end. I finished reading it all in one go. I would recommend this book highly very enjoyable.

by David Pick

The reader is taken to a lovely part of our country described in such a way as to make you experience it. Each story is well written and leaves you wanting to know more about the characters in it and what lies ahead for them. The surprise comes at the end when all the seemingly individual stories are connected in a very clever way. A lovely book showing the good in humanity and quite though provoking. A most enjoyable read.

by Yvonne Kent

Having now had time to devote to reading this delightful book of three short stories I can appreciate how the treatment of people with different backgrounds be they social, religious or of a nature that was not acceptable have to be placed back in time in order that they may be understood by today's generation.
The author has carefully given as much detail as is necessary in order for the reader to understand the problems that each character faced without spoiling the intrigue as to how their lives could be turned around and they could be accepted into general society.

by Cheryl Rawle

There are many strings to Mason Penn’s bow.

He is no stranger to poetry and the beauty of words, and this shows in “Schemes and Boats and Cranes”.

There are just 3 short stories, so this is a great way to sample and delve deep into his talent as a wordsmith and all of the stories seem to dwell and observe life from post 2nd world war with sensitivity and compassion.

The coast and the sea feature in the short stories, and where the Writer indeed spent much of his early life in the South West of the country. Its rugged beauty is an obvious mood-placer for his writing.

by David Armstrong

What an interesting book. Three seemingly unrelated short stories, all good. But then they coalesce into something more. I liked it.

by Ruth Rowell

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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