"What this fascinating book is really about is not 'gay life at sea' in general, but the gay ghettos on many liners and cruiseships during the fifties and sixties."
George Melly, The Mail on Sunday
"...this path breaking book tells the hidden story of passion and liberation at sea. This is a vital addition to the understanding of gay and sea history."
"...candid confessions cause the narrative to leap into life."
Independent on Sunday.
"...a fascinating account."
"...Hello Sailor! transcends its niche as a piece of gay history and, instead, becomes something that has resonances for all readers, whether gay, straight or something in between."
'...an eminently readable, often amusing and original book...'
Journal of Contemporary History, Vol 41, No 1
From the Author
This was a really exciting book to research and write - and I hope you'll enjoy it. It's a subject I've been wanting to write about for years. I could never have predicted how much pleasure I'd get from meeting the gay seafaring men in their homes - often at seaside resorts - and hearing about their history as we drank tea. Although being at sea in that exceptional way was fun for them - camping and flouncing their way across the Atlantic, it was also a poignant experience of solidarity at a time of homophobia. Paul(my co-author)and I think they were brave and we're proud to be associated with them.