Giants of South Georgia

“George listened, enthralled and amazed,
as Grandma told him how the whales were saved.
Their saviours didn’t wear capes, you see.
They were regular people, like you and me.”

George and Grandma journey to the land of giants. From the tiny pipit to the mighty blue whale, each of South Georgia’s giants has a story to tell. Told in rhyme, and beautifully illustrated in watercolour, the Giants of South Georgia tells the true story of how regular people have worked to protect and restore South Georgia and its wildlife.

An empowering and inspiring book with an environmental theme. For the young, and the young at heart.


– Xenia, age 10.

“A great rhyming, animal book that has a journey through South Georgia inside of it. I liked how Ross repeated some of his lines throughout the book. The pictures of the lovely animals look so grand. I also really like how the king penguin stood up for itself against the grumpy Elephant seal. The message from this book is saying that even if you’re not a superhero you can try to help wildlife.”

Cornwall Secret and Hidden

“The Red River cuts through the green grass of the valley, and I follow it to Up Frogs, where the leats and lagoons are.”

Cornwall Secret and Hidden paperback by Cornwall Writers is an eclectic collection of short stories written by authors in Cornwall.

The anthology contains 28 short stories by 26 authors in 358 pages. Beautifully illustrated book cover and includes black and white illustrations.

Up Frogs, by Ross James is about a young boy who grows up too soon when the closure of South Crofty tin mine causes his world to collapse. Written from the boy’s point of view as he struggles to make sense of what lies beneath the surface. His unlikely sanctuary is a patch of industrial wasteland.


– Linda Camidge.

“Also benefitting from a strong sense of place, and another of my favourites, is the last story in the collection: Ross James’ Up Frogs. This time, we are brought to abandoned mine workings of the sort that would not interest the National Trust. In a womb of old concrete the main character basks in the sun, and once imagined rocket launchers: ‘but I was a pretty stupid kid.’ Now, slightly older and better versed in the ways of the world, they simply wish for ‘a job where you could spend all day watching frogs.’ This is a witty and moving story – a difficult combination, but surely handled to provide Secret and Hidden with a strong finish. Its theme, the loss of Cornish mining in the 20th century, is one that deserves more literary attention.”

111 Days

Tales of a Fisheries Observer:
Decapitation, mutiny, hurricanes and a dog named Pirate.

Life on a trawler during a stormy North Atlantic winter.

The trip began one October night in 2001, when I transferred from a fishery patrol ship to a rusty old trawler more than 200 miles out at sea, somewhere on Newfoundland’s Grand Banks. My predecessor had left a note in my cabin which read: “Careful of the ship’s nurse, he is a bit too touchy feely if you catch my drift. Don’t believe the figures the Captain gives you -he’s making them up. Tread carefully around the crew, a man onboard was killed 2 weeks ago when he got caught in the winch was cut into 3 pieces. His brothers and cousins are onboard, and they are pretty cut up about it! Have a good trip!”

This is my diary. 111 days in the North Atlantic involving decapitation, hurricanes, mutiny and a dog named Pirate.

Come with me on this voyage!


– Steve.

“I came across this book via a Bookclub I am part of. It’s a cracking story of adventure, far off seas, the challenge of doing the right thing and the peer pressure of alone on a boat with strangers 1000s of miles from home. Scattered with cool information and some beautifully described seascapes. Well worth your money and your time.”

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