All For Poor Jack by Steve Tilston
I’ve been a fan of Steve Tilston as a songwriter and as a performer for many years. He’s written some wonderful folk songs and many of them have become the standards of Fairport Convention. When I went to see him play along with Keith Warmington and Stuart Gordon in Wotton under Edge last month I found he’d also published a novel. Dealing with Bristol fishermen of the fifteenth century (complete with wonderfully accurate accents!) as they meet the New World and it’s indigenous population… well, that’s how it starts, but it’s 400 pages long and I’m barely into it yet. Good stuff though full of good grammar and interesting sentences; reminds me of older authors such as Ballantyne or De Foe brought up to date.
And newly plopped onto the top of the reading pile – Nimue Brown’s Druidry and Meditation (thanks Trevor!), and James Treadwell’s Advent (thanks Amazon!).
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