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Very few places on earth are as dangerous as those visited by deep-sea trawlers off the wild waters off northern Scotland, making the perfect setting for a middle-aged writer who "doesn't know his arse from his tit" when it comes to seamanship. He joins the crew of the Norlantean, with an extremely talented captain so desperate as to keep fishing through a major hurricane. O'Hanlon spends most of the time below deck, sorting and gutting peculiar specimens of fish, but the real catch here is the insight into the fishermen, starting with the strapping marine biologist Luke. They bond quickly through sleep deprivation and a common love of science, and their manic stream-of-consciousness conversations make up a large part of the book. The rambling at time can become almost incoherent, but that perhaps best captures the reality of such a gut wrenchingly cold and mind-numbing environment.
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MORE ABOUT REDMOND O'HANLON
O'Hanlon is a highly rated literary travel writer best known for his extreme crazy journeys into remote jungles, including Borneo, the Amazon basin, and the Congo. All three of these funny travelogues are similarly recommended, starting with Into the Heart of Borneo. Learn more about Redmond O'Hanlon by clicking here.
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THE BEGINNING TO TRAWLER
“Redmond, you've got to get up here, fast. There's a storm coming up, big style! I have the satellite maps. Force 11, maybe more. Straight for Orkney. And Jason, the Norlantean skipper - he's called on Cellnet. He's north-west of Shetland. He say's the weather's horrendous. And getting worse. Perfect! Just what you wanted! He says we sign on at Scrabster, Saturday, two days time, 7 a.m,, no later. OK? Good. So pick me up - 19 Pilot Square, Fittie. Be there! And remember - nothing green."
MAP - THE NORTHERN ATLANTIC FISHING GROUNDS