David Chadwick  

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High Seas to Home - Daily Despatches from a Frigate at War

The conflict at sea between Allied merchant ships, their Royal Navy escorts and the German U-boats was christened the Battle of the Atlantic by Winston Churchill on 6 March 1941.


Churchill said that the 'U-boat peril' was the only thing that ever really frightened him during the Second World War, but 70 years on the men who sailed on the Atlantic convoys are among the forgotten heroes of the conflict.


The casualty figures underline the constant peril – almost 3,000 ships were sunk by U-boat action. Reports of enormous loss of life when ships were torpedoed sent a shudder through the nation.


But what was it really like?


Coder Cliff Greenwood was called up aged 40 and began his naval training at the former Butlin’s holiday camp in Skegness, Lincolnshire.


From then on he wrote home to his wife almost every day, although posting his letters was not always easy. The letters are a unique insight into life on the Atlantic convoys, for Cliff ’s duties as a specialist Royal Navy coder meant he was involved in the transmission of coded communications between the escorting warships and their Merchant Navy charges. In addition, Cliff was called on by his captain to use his journalistic skills to capture historic events from the ship’s bridge as they unfolded.. But as well as being a rare first-hand account of life on board a Royal Navy ship on escort duties in the North Atlantic, the letters represent a rich seam of social history.

Weird Love

Pandril Press’ second collection of stories explores the ambiguities and nuances of love in its most diverse, startling and destructive guises.

 

This fresh anthology from published and new writers brings together lyrical, compelling and sometimes comic voices to tell tales of corrosive self-adoration, nuclear family fallout, forlorn desire, derelict affairs, and the quest for true(ish) love. 


"This new anthology is an attractive blend of themes and styles.  It reveals the mystery and the poetry beneath the surface of everyday life, the fears and emotions evoked by woods and water and remote, violent landscapes, but is also thoroughly up-to-date, with some very funny portrayals of online dating, difficult teenagers and the the stark realities of life at Jobcentre Plus."


Frances Thimann


Author of November Wedding

Panopticon

From a satirical take on Manchester’s corporate snake-pit to a drug-fuelled tragedy in a grubby northern town; from a journey into the creation of a great master to a romantic experiment in Macau, Panopticon is a sideways, back-to-front and upside down look at the world. This all-new anthology – told through the eyes of individuals whose gaze is sometimes comic, sometimes tragic and often both – challenges assumptions and stretches the boundaries of imaginative fiction.


"Dipping into the lives of an amazing cast of characters (from frustrated fathers and lost mothers to bewildered lovers, via St Sebastian, a nixie and an instruction manual writer), Panoptican is a diverse and deftly layered collection. Whether discussing trespassing or language gaps, retribution or roadkill, each tale of self-discovery is lit with its own unique, bold truth. At times humorous, at times heart-breaking, Panoptican showcases seven fresh and resonant new voices. It is an utter joy throughout."


Megan Taylor, Author of How We Were Lost