The Cruel Sea

There’s a type of writer I think of as belonging to the Collar and Tie Brigade.* Their writing is clean and clear, grammatically perfect, and devoid of stylistic flourishes. (No Gerald Kersh or Harlan Ellison.) They have a story to tell and they tell it, as simply and directly as they can. Examples would include …

The Silver Sword

How could I not have read this before? It was published just two years after I was born and was made into a BBC television serial when I was still in single digits. I watched the serial, but I never read the book until last week. And I should have, because it’s a good one. …