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  Michael Harrington

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Jack of All Trades - Master of Some! Pilot, Seaman,Cook, Electrician, Sales Rep., Sales Manager,on and on.... finally Writer!! My photo shows me skippering my catamaran 'Tarla' solo from Plymouth to Newhaven, UK South Coast.

Background Information

At school I was good at English Language and writing short stories and poems. I didn't take up writing as a career because I wanted to fly aeroplanes - this I did achieve.

However, the written and printed word has always had a facination for me and I was trained as a Compositor (letterpress) for about 3 years after I left school. I loved it, but my sights were in the sky, flying where the birds are.

I served in the Royal Air Force for a number of years, mainly in the Far East - Singapore and Malaya principally. The area took my heart and my book, Pacific Odyssey - Lane's Story, is set in that part of the world, extending to New Guinea, Papua and Irian Barat.

Since my RAF days I have sold good wine, raced F2 and sports cars, studied Electrics and Electronics, got a Ham Radio Licence (G3VQM), been a Technical Sales Rep. and Sales Manager of an Electronics Manufacturer. I joined the Merchant Navy and learned to cook over a period of 12 years, did a bit of fishing in my 30ft boat, took up Corporate Video Production, gave all that up and reverted to being an electrician for the local council. I still do a bit of that although I officially retired some 11 years ago!! Now I just about have time to write more seriously and I hope my novel will prove to be viewed as such. I have other writings, some saucy and some humourus, but I won't go into that here.

Now I have attacks of Gout and Arthritis - a legacy of a misspent youth, as they say. Anyway, it has been fun and I hope to keep it that way for a long time yet.

Michael Harrington (the UK one, not the USA one by the way).


Birth Place
Beckenham,  UK

Certificate of Distinction,London College of Music Intermediate Examination - Piano (1946). Royal Society of Arts Intermediate Certificate - English Language (1949). Radio Amateur's Examination - call-sign G3VQM (1966). Life Member Quarter Century Wireless Association. Several awards for Rifle and Pistol shooting.Experienced Pilot of Aeroplanes c.4000hrs. single, twin and four engines. Yacht-master - Offshore.

Additional Information

In the pipeline is a sequel to Pacific Odyssey and I have a Chapter or two of 'One Man's Cooking Pot'on the go. This is a tongue in cheek cook book with some good recipes among the fun. Then there is 'Women I have Loved.' This I have written under a nom de plume to avoid any embarrassment to anyone. It is a bit saucy, more by implication than description, but I am having great difficulty in writing the last chapter. I am happily married, but it is not easy writing about it in the same vein as the preceding chapters! We shall see!

Contact Information
Michael Harrington (Books)
27 Bayview Road 
Peacehaven  BN10 8QD   UK
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Pages 86 to 90 from the book (total 274 pages)

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