THE SECOND BOOK
The Uganda Sails Wednesday is the first of a planned trilogy charting both the story of the fictional Fontwell family and that of the real SS Uganda from colonial passenger cargo liner, schools’ cruise ship (on which I worked in 1975), to floating hospital during the Falklands conflict.
The ship conveyed around half a million passengers plus crew and military from her maiden voyage in 1952 until her final journey in 1986. In any audience I always find one or two who sailed on her, usually as school students, all with a keen interest in hearing more about the ship.
The second novel, Schools Cruiser, follows the Fontwells from their Kenyan tea plantation in summer 1960 through to April 1975 on board the SS Uganda again which has in the interim been converted to a schools' cruise ship under the P&O flag.