- To complement the three Short
Sharp Shanties CDs and the details of the project on this website (see
menu), this book is a biography of John Short and gives a fascinating
glimpse into the life and times of 19th century merchant seaman: his life
story, where he travelled, the ships he sailed in. Also, by popular
demand, it includes the shanties he sang.
- Although it is a part of an
overall project, A Sailor's Life stands as a comprehensively researched
biography in its own right. The book draws on the log-books of ships
that John is known to have sailed on, on his family history, on local an
international newspaper articles and reports and on other historical and
- Reviews can be found
- For more information on the entire
Short sharp Shanties project click HERE
'cracking book full of stories and detail.'
Gavin Atkin ~ intheboatshed.com
'a scholarly work of extraordinary detail.'
Tony James ~ Exmoor Magazine
'an impressive and important piece of work.'
Ian Fenton ~
Ships in Focus
'astute and penetrating
with a dazzling array of detail.' Fred McCormick ~
English Dance & Song
book is a valuable reference work'
Derek Gifford ~ Folk NorthWest
- 'a vivid and
fascinating picture of the merchant navy in the days of sail.'