HELLINGLY author Roger Paine,will be signing copies of his book, ‘Call the Hands’ - A Collection of My Naval Yarns, and offering a free tot of Pussers’ Rum with every book sold, in Waterstones, 74-76 South Road, Haywards Heath, from 10am this Saturday, April 30.
Published eighteen months ago, the book is now into the third edition and was recently shortlisted for a prestigious Mountbatten Media Award.
In “Call the Hands”, a delightful miscellany of light-hearted ‘yarns’, Roger charts the ups and downs of life, both ashore and afloat.
The hazards – including a seasick parrot, a gun-toting generalissimo, and the ever-present danger of diplomatic faux pas – and the pleasures – sun-drenched ports and glamorous cocktail parties aplenty.
En route, we also get to know about the venerable history of rum, the sailor’s favourite tipple; the importance of ships’ pets in promoting the welfare of seafarers; and the traditional RN toasts for each and every day of the week! Charming, irreverent and occasionally indiscreet, these are ‘salty’ tales to be savoured and treasured.
Roger joined the Royal Navy as a junior rating, aged sixteen straight from school, and retired voluntarily twenty-eight years later in the rank of Commander.
During his time on the high seas former he served all over the globe and in almost every kind of ship – from submarine to frigate, and from destroyers and aircraft carriers to ice patrol ship. Now a full-time writer he lives in Hellingly, East Sussex.