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The Red Sailor

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Product details

  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Panther (Granada Publishing); Reprint edition (1971)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: 0586025464
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,750,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rare, out-of-print book.

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This book is ideal for ex-Royal Naval personnel. The jargon in it is purely Naval,and much of it will not be understood by "landlubbers!" The story however is a excellent pastiche of naval life in the sixties. The main character,Able Seaman Varne is also a typical Jack My Hearty of the period. A golden age of the Royal Navy when a tot of rum was golddust,and partaken of daily. The story is set aboard a destroyer on the Far East Station. There is action,and graphic details of life aboard a warship,and runs ashore a plenty in that golden age. O'Hara was obviously either in the R.N.,or had first hand experience of a sailor's life. A superb read! I wish I still had the book!! I wish they would re-print it.
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An absolute classic for any ex-pusser of 60's vintage. Been trying for years to get a copy, even drawn a blank at the Local Library. Brilliant story of an era when Britain had a Navy and toured the world doing good things and keeping the peace.Perhaps one day they will reprint it or even make a film of it. Must read & must see.
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Patrick O'Hara hit paydirt with this book; I cannot understand why it has not been reprinted this century! Every ex-matelot in the land would want it and those who have read it already will surely wish to experience the fabulous story again. How I regret lending my oft read copy to a 'pal', never to see it again.
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I first read this book in the 60's whilst serving in the RN. I lent it to an oppo and never saw it again. However I managed to borrow a copy from the library about 10 years ago and now wish I hadn't returned it. The only one I have seen for sale on Amazon went for £300, way beyond my pension limits.
This book typifies life in the Andrew in the late 50's and early sixties and is a classic historical record of life in those times in the Navy aboard a destroyer in the Far East.

Like others I cannot understand why it hasn't been republished by O'Hara's family. Looks like I'll have to write my own version, watch this space.
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Luckily I have a copy of this book. I read it every few years & enjoy it as much as when I first read it.
I must be really lucky as I found it behind my locker in HMS Collingwood when cleaning up for Captains Rounds.
Remember them? The previous occupant obviously didn't realise it was there.
Tony Middleton
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This book is set in the R.N of the early 50's(Korean War).not the 60"s.O'hara himself,an ex Borstal Boy,served in the R.N of the 40/50's and spent time in R.N.D.Q's(Detention Quarters),hence the very Knowledgable info on DQ's and RN life of the time.
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