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- Description'A Wee Dander' is Kenneth Patterson's second collection of memoirs and continues where 'Says You, Says I' ended. It describes how the author left Belfast in 1959 when he joined the Merchant Navy and the different experiences encountered by him in his life at sea. Kenneth describes how he left behind the poverty of his Belfast childhood and became an adult on board a series of different ships which sailed around the world. From Belfast to England, around the Scottish Isles, through the ports of continental Europe and further afield to Japan, the United States and Latin America, he came into contact with a fascinating range of human characters whose views and behaviour shaped his outlook upon life. 'A Wee Dander' reflects upon the nature of friendships, sectarianism, loves old and new, lost incence and first encounters with foreign cultures. Its narrative is punctuated and paced by outward and return journeys from the author's hometown of Belfast, and subtly portrays the ways in which childhood incence fades into adult awareness. It observes how other people and their lives move mundanely on as our own nautical miles mount up. Gun-wielding Americans, escort girls in Japanese karaoke bars, a psychopathic galley chef, well-meaning but misunderstood strangers and international film stars filter in and out of its pages just as the author moved from port to port, from one country to ather, from one decade into ather. The recurring theme of 'A Wee Dander' is the unresolved tension between the urge to travel and see new horizons, and homesickness and the need to return to the familiar, a tension which often leads to dramatic and drastic courses of action...
- Author BiographyAuthor Kenneth Patterson was born in Crumlin, a village in County Antrim in Northern Ireland in 1942; his father was in the Air Force at the time, and stationed at nearby Aldergrove. The family moved to Belfast at the end of the Second World War in 1945, into a little two-up two-down terraced house in the New Lodge Road area of Belfast; it was this area and community that would shape his early memories as he grew up with his two brothers and two sisters. Ken spent some of his working life with both the Merchant Navy and the RAF, having initially started out as a bellboy, then a trainee chef in the kitchens of the Grand Central Hotel in Belfast, acknowledged as one of the finest hotels in Ireland in its heyday; sadly, its doors closed for the last time in 1971. Today, married with a son and daughter and living in Gloucestershire, Ken is currently working on a third book recalling his experiences in the RAF, a life that took him far beyond the shores of Northern Ireland.
- Author(s)Kenneth Patterson
- PublisherDavid J Publishing
- Date of Publication14/12/2015
- SubjectAutobiography: General
- Place of PublicationCraigavon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintDavid J Publishing
- Content Note10 black & white photographs
- Weight299 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine12 mm
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