Tag: Adventures

Making Money and Mirth at The Dovetails Hotel

Novels are often more effective than truth. Lady Antonia Fraser, a renowned expert wrote extensively on England’s royal dynasties. Her factual history books though acclaimed were not best-sellers. Instead, the writer then told the stories of England’s kings and queens as novels. A smart move for her ‘fictional’ books became overnight successes.

The Audacity of Peter Tordenskjold: The Naval Captain Who Asked His Enemy For Ammo in The Middle of a Battle

On November 12, 1720 Peter Tordenskjold died in a sword duel. It will not sound familiar to most people, but he was one of the great national heroes of Denmark and Norway—countries that were once united, a daring sailor who would be the equivalent of what Nelson is to the British, Ruyter to the Dutch, Jones to the Americans or Bazán to the Spanish. Remembered in several popular songs and honored with several statues, streets, books, films and even a festival, a corvette of the Danish navy and a ship of the Norwegian navy are named after him. He is also cited in the Danish royal anthem.

A PREDATOR PROWLS IN SEARCH OF HIS PRESS-GANGED DAUGHTER

Michael Walsh, historian, and journalist, never found enough time to be a novelist until during the 1990s when, down to his last brass cent, he wondered if salvation might come via a novel. The dissident journalist put pen to paper and began work on Retribution which later was re-titled A Leopard in Liverpool. The novel was finally published a year or so ago and was accompanied by a low-key promotion.

A WORLD WITHOUT MEN

Sadly, few boys these days have meaningful relationships with male mentors and father figures, men who can teach and inspire them. Some boys grow up without having been taught by a male teacher or are taught by teachers who have no life or work experience outside of a classroom.