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Post by Astrodene on Thu 16 Apr 2009, 19:14

Just noticed the author has put a short story 'Homecoming' about Richard Bolitho, set after the Battle of the Nile on his website.
Edit: The story is now available to be read on my site, by kind permission of the author, at http://www.historicnavalfiction.com/index.php/general-hnf-info/short-stories/915-homecoming


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Post by reb01501 on Thu 16 Apr 2009, 20:09

Excellent!
Well-spotted, that!

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Post by pipester on Fri 17 Apr 2009, 15:21

A nice story. A thoughtful Commodore (Richard) Bolitho returns to England after action at Aboukir Bay, but the story is not without suspense and action.

This from Page 10: ...the usual sense of guilt and shame, which he had often suffered in the aftermath of cloth action...

Is "cloth action" a term I don't know, or is this a typo for close action?
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Post by reb01501 on Fri 17 Apr 2009, 15:37

I read "close action" on first reading - didn't even notice what I now assume to be a typo. Perhaps he dictated it and he has a lisp ... Wink

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Post by pipester on Fri 17 Apr 2009, 19:11

I guess you're right, but I was hoping for some new exotic explanation. Maybe clergy -- you know, men of the cloth -- having at it in a pitched battle. Or maybe a towel-snapping battle. I'm disappointed that "cloth action" isn't a technical term for a surprise manoeuvre: "They didn't cotton that they were linen to starboard because we had pulled the wool over their eyes..." Cool
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Post by Astrodene on Fri 17 Apr 2009, 19:19

Or perhaps if the Marines run out of amunition they throw hammocks at the opposing ship Wink

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Post by reb01501 on Fri 17 Apr 2009, 20:30

Maybe Make & Mend day revealed something that should have been kept to himself ... Rolling Eyes

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Post by pipester on Fri 17 Apr 2009, 20:35

...Yes! The very fabric of the ship. She was scantling clad. Embarassed
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Post by reb01501 on Fri 17 Apr 2009, 20:57

You go too far, Sir! You may well blush! lol!

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Post by Astrodene on Tue 29 Sep 2009, 12:30

This story is now available for viewing directly from my site by kind permission of the author. I have edited the link in the first post

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Post by 80 Winters on Mon 19 Mar 2012, 03:58

If you keep all your HNF, you might consider printing out a copy of this Homecoming for your complete collection of Alexander Kent's series. Don't know if it's acceptable to do it from this site, but if not, it can be downloaded/printed out from Richard Woodman's sight directly.

Taken from "the best period" of Richard's career. Definitely "a keeper".
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Post by Astrodene on Mon 19 Mar 2012, 10:30

@80 Winters wrote:but if not, it can be downloaded/printed out from Richard Woodman's sight directly.

Oops! Alexander Kent's site.... and whichever you use to access it, it remains author copyright.

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Post by 80 Winters on Mon 19 Mar 2012, 15:02

My mistake (the names seem to run together in the evening). I should edit my post, but that would only make your comment confusing, so I'll leave it as a small monument to my falibility. Thanks for picking up on it, and you can delete this post if you wish.
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