Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or use the form on this website. LAUNCH DATE - 30TH NOVEMBER 2017
Some of the place names in this manuscript may relate to real town or village names. The author has used those real names for this fictional story. All other names and/or characters or character names contained in this story are entirely fictitious and bear no relationship to any person living or deceased.
First Published in Great Britain by Jacqui Lessels, Somerset. 2017 e-mail. email@example.com
ISBN 978-0-9955382-2-1 A catalogue copy of this book will be available from the British Library
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in or introduced into a retrieval system, distributed or transmitted, in any form, by any means without the prior written permission of the Author P.D.Mitchell. Any persons or organisation who does any unauthorised act in relation to this publication may be liable to criminal prosecution and civil claims for damages.
Thank you to the following people who assisted in proof-reading the draft text and making honest critical storyline comments which greatly assisted in the production of this book. Mrs.D.Mitchell. Mr.G.Vardy. Mrs.J.Lessels. Mrs.S.Vardy
And also to:
Shoreham Port Authority, and the workers and residents of the harbour – past and present, for setting a real-life scene that helped to establish the making of this fictional story.
And finally, to every single one of those children of Fishersgate, Hove, Portslade, Southwick, Shoreham and the surrounding areas, who frequented the harbour during 1965-1974, all of whom played a small part in helping to create this story.
An imaginative childhood, spent rowing small boats in Shoreham Harbour, has spawned a time travelling adventure - 10 years in the making. The Ghost of the Fishersgate Mariner is the first book by Peter Mitchell, who grew up in Sussex and has dreamed of penning a book since childhood.
It tells the story of 14-year-old Billy Burton, who gets rather more than he bargained for when he goes out on the water with his big brother and friends.
Peter, who now lives in Weston super Mare, said: “Billy sees a ghost rowing a boat along the harbour waters, and the boys decide to investigate. They follow the boat through a lock gate towards the English Channel, before being transported 200 years back in time.
“And that is where their adventure begins.”
Peter, who once juggled his construction job with being a paid community news correspondent for The Brighton Argus newspaper, said he had been inspired by the area near to his childhood home.
“It’s based in the Shoreham Harbour of my childhood, but the characters in the book are fictional. It’s a commercial port and in the 1960s local children could hire rowing boats and take them out among the gigantic commercial ships that were either arriving or leaving the harbour. That’s where the story came from. I think it will appeal to youngsters of Billy’s age, and young adults, because it is a story of childhood adventures, though older readers are not precluded from enjoying this story about smugglers, pirates, and the good guys.”
Although he has always fancied the idea of writing a book, it wasn’t until he moved to the West Country 11 years ago that he finally put pen to paper.
“I went to creative writing lessons at Bristol College and that’s when I got the idea - the title of the book being based on the poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Eight years ago, I got to about 20,000 words with my story and put it down. It was only a couple of years ago that I picked it up again,” said Peter, crediting his partner Jacqui Lessels, for giving him the motivation to finish it. Jacqui, who is Peter’s publisher, is also an author in her own right and writes under the pen name of Brindy Wilcox.
Peter, 64, who works in Weston super Mare, admitted that the writing process was tricky.
“I found that the best time to write was in the middle of the night. I was coming home from work, going to bed at 7.30pm then getting up at 1am to write for a couple of hours, then going back to bed. It’s the only way I could do it, in total silence. “I think that basing the story in a real place helped, because you can picture it all in your mind. You just take out the modern parts and put in your own imagination.”
Peter couldn’t be happier with finally achieving his ambition of being a published author.
“It feels great to have it out of me and on the page. Once you have got that finished product in your hand, it’s a really nice feeling.”
Shoreham harbour is in Shoreham-by-sea, West Sussex.
P.D. Mitchell grew up near Shoreham harbour during the sixties. The calm waters of the harbour, protected from the English Channel by the giant Lock gates and the timber rowing boats hired by the Jolly Boatman, provided a perfect, yet dangerous, playground for the local children.
Publishing date 30th September 2017
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