Published by Witherby in 1979 this is the second edition Signed on front end paper with dedication, ' With Best wishes'. In very good condition, slight creasing to edges of dust jacket only.
Humorous, nostalgic and intensely moving by turn, Hugh Falkus recollects his boyhood days spent among wild marshlands and estuaries. Each chapter is a gem of descriptive writing, evoking the rush of water against boats, the joy and frustration of battling with the elements, and the hunger of people for friendship and recognition. Two figures, particularly, stand out in this pre-war seacoast world: Hugh's father, a genuine eccentric, big and strong and indomitably optimistic with an abiding passion for fishing and cranky old boats, and his father's boon companion, Puggy Dimmond - a romantic and loveable character, remembered with great affection. Hugh Falkus introduces this second edition, which he has illustrated himself, with a new chapter describing an air battle and its sequel during the summer of 1940: a thrilling and haunting episode that links subtly with his boyhood memories and adds dramatic emphasis to the title of the book. Illustrated with 49 drawings by the author. Contents: Prologue; 1. Father and the Magneto; 2. Puggy Dimmond; 3. Rats; 4. Spilt Milk; 5. The Eel; 6. Sea Witch; 7. The Day; 8. The Cruise of the Seagull; 9. Beachcombers; 10. The Wigeon; 11. The Reef; 12. Broad Beans; 13. The Bite; 14. Stranger on the Shore; 15. Wait till you see; 16. Night Wind; 17. The Farmhouse; 18. The Stolen Years