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Summerís Grace by Vanessa Hannam (review)


Peggy Woodford on a tale of absence at sea:

'ANYONE who enjoys the naval historical novels of Patrick OíBrian will like Summerís Grace, by Vanessa Hannam.

It tells the story of Commodore George Ansonís voyage in his flagship Centurion, leaving Ports≠mouth in 1740 to circumnavi≠gate the globe, accompanied by four other great ships. All superficially looks well, but the crews supplied by the corrupt Admiralty are poor sick men impressed from jails, hospitals, and street corners; the ships them≠selves are already alive with rats and lice; and food stocks are of the poorest quality.

Unlike OíBrianís books, Hannamís main narrative concentrates on those who are left behind: the families who will have to wait months, even years, without news of their loved ones . . '

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