PETERSFIELD, England (PRWEB) December 06, 2016
Dick Parsons has recently released a historical novel that depicts the struggles of people caught in the turmoil of the transatlantic slave trade. “A Fisher of Slaves” (published by AuthorHouse UK) tells a story of hope, family and love set in a bleak period in African history.
“A Fisher of Slaves” weaves together three narratives. The first story describes the horrors of the slave trade through the eyes of Nathaniel, a boy serving as an apprentice in a slave ship and his coming of age in a time of great uncertainty. The second is centered on Elizabeth, Nathaniel’s widowed mother and a rector’s daughter who becomes entangled in the anti-slavery movement. Finally, the third story follows James Youle, a slave ship master, who falls in love with Elizabeth. In a series of riveting twists, these characters and their separate journeys will collide and culminate in a series of events that will change their lives forever.
Parsons became interested in the Atlantic slave trade when he visited the Slave Forts in Gambia and Ghana. “A Fisher of Slaves” is drawn from meticulous research and visits to Bristol, a former slaving port as well as museums in Greenwich and Liverpool. Parsons also studied the ship’s log of the slaver “African” and the diary of a mate in a slaver.
“A Fisher of Slaves”
By Dick Parsons
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 336 pages | ISBN 9781504989978
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 336 pages | ISBN 9781504989985
E-Book | 336 pages | ISBN 9781504989992
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
About the Author
In 1942, at the age of 13, Dick Parsons joined the Royal Navy as a cadet. He served in battleships, cruisers and destroyers, had two sea commands and has travelled widely. He got married in 1951 and had two sons. He and his first wife divorced in 1980. His second wife indulged his love of the sea and he bought Katy Mac, a yacht. Parsons also sailed as a crew onboard a square rigged ship, the brig “Royalist.” “A Fisher of Slaves” was inspired by a visit to the old slaving forts in West Africa and then much reading about the trade and its abolition. Research led Parsons to the log of the slave-ship the “African” and the private diary of a slave-ship’s mate. This diary especially has helped to give the book its credence. The author tells of the trade through the eyes of a slave-ship apprentice and of its abolition through his mother’s concern and horror of the trade. Parsons has also written “New Zealand – A Personal Discovery,” a travel book, and “Turbans,” which tells the romance between an English girl in India and a Naval lieutenant during the war with Japan. The author’s other interests include being church warden of St. Peter’s, Petersfield, singing in a local choir, riding his bicycle, gardening and driving for the Petersfield Voluntary Care Group. Readers can reach him at http://www.dickparsonsauthor.com.
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