The Last Voyage of the Shelduck is an intriguing book that details the ongoing mystery of the Shelduck - a seagoing leisure cruiser - which is bought out of dilapidated retirement to enter Dutch waters. The object of contention is a valuable Leiberman painting, which ultimately leads to the coup de grace in a gripping finale. The story bides its time in pursuit of retribution and is full of character sketches. This novel perceptively portrays real people who engage with witty dialogue in an unfolding conspiracy. The author Tim Parker is not only a shrewd observer of human behaviour, but he also combines an elegant command of words with an economy of explanation borne from his years as a columnist for the daily Brighton Argus. An ideal read for a book club, The Last Voyage of the Shelduck is an amusing book that is littered with quirky elements that never ceases to be entertaining, providing the opportunity for endless discussion by all who read it.
|Publication date:||25th August 2016|
|Publisher:||Matador an imprint of Troubador Publishing|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
After joining the Navy, Tim Parker went on to join ICI before settling down in Brighton, Sussex where, together with his wife Beth, he planted and ran one of the first vineyards in the area and wrote his first book Signalman Jones (Seafarer Books), followed by The Regimental Piano (Hop Publishing). Tim has also written a weekly column, titled 'Parker's Progress', for the Brighton Argus and a weekly serial for Johnston Press. The Last Voyage of the Shelduck will be his third book, but his first novel.More About Tim Parker