The politics on board thread got a bit of topic on the subjects of ships libraries, I figured I’d start a new thread:
Which maritime themed books would you recommend? I’m thinking of novels and non fiction rather than study books.
To start myself;
Really enjoyed Patrick O’Brien’s Aubrey-Maturin series, of “Master and Commander” fame (books are better of course ) reading the whole series will certainly keep you awake for way too long.
For a more recent setting, I reckon Nicholas Montserrat’s “the cruel sea” is a must read for everyone at sea. Certainly gave me the chills reading it on the North Atlantic.
For non fiction would recommend Nansen’s book about his voyage on Fram, “farthest north” for everyone with an interest in polar exploration. An amazingly easy and pleasant read for a century old book - search around for a download as the copyright has long expired and some e book shops are still asking serious money for some editions.
And to highlight how different the Norwegian approach to polar expeditions was compared to the Royal Navy the more recent “Erebus: The Story of a Ship” by Michael Palin was a good one too, he was lucky they found the wreck just in time!
Anyway I’d love to know which classics I’ve been missing, will be doing a 3-4 month trip soon ‘cause of COVID so need to load up the e-reader.
NB. For those that read Dutch the books of Jan Noordegraaf have been digitised and have been made available for free by his daughter: De boeken van Jan Noordegraaf