fine writing by lesbians and gay men since 1999
(Three unique stories about the sea) Stowaway was supported by Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool at its launch in 2006. It was revised in 2010
Laid-Back Luke and Trill Paul Mann’s great gift for realism is apparent in Laid-Back Luke and Trill. In this impressive piece the reader is plunged into the midst of life in the British Merchant Navy in the sixties. At an embryonic stage this was a prize-winning story with The Marine Society: “intrigue, conflict, tension, character development, authentic sounding conversation and touches of humour - vivid description economically expressed.”
Stowaway Captain Mackintosh conceals in his ship Casey, a man on the run, whom he should have every reason to loathe. Graham Robertson commented: “Stowaway is the best example of skilful narrative in this superb collection of short fiction”
Taking Notes in Calcutta takes a wry look at sex with some profound insights as a supposedly wet behind the ears eighteen-year-old ship’s steward, determined to lose his virginity, seeks practical instruction from a very helpful Calcutta brothel-keeper. Their association paints a convincing picture of a semi-mystical, yet down to earth attitude to sex. “Superb humour from a serious writer - subject matter deeply satisfying“ - E READER
ISBN: 978 0 9553543 5 9
published by Paradise North, distributed by Paradise Press
251 pages paperback; £8.99
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Paul Mann started his career pushing out beach-floats. After the Marines, a bank in Toronto, 11 years at sea, ran a disco, owned a Chinese takeaway, washed dishes, collected tickets on a ferry to a gay beach, packed bread in Tesco's where he lasted one week. Now he dusts and takes the dog out.
He is a member of 42 Commando Association.
The Last Cargo Ship
The Queer Businessman
The Queer Commando
The Seaman's Mission