Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Teaser Tuesday - Swing by Sailor by Catherine Dyson

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Wow, talk about a lack of blogging! It's not like I don't have things to post. The Virtual Advent tour kicks off today, the Terry Pratchett Challenge starts today, I have some guest posts to write, as well as picking the winners of my blogiversary giveaway! Lots to do. The thing is though, I am child free this week! He's at camp, so we spent all last weekend getting ready for camp, and this week I have been to the movies twice so far, and there are still a couple of nights before he comes home! Of course, I miss him, but it's nice to have a few days to be able to be social! I went to see Time Traveller's Wife on Monday night. I rated it as a two tissue movie. Not as my grade out of 5, but for how many tissues I used whilst watching it! Tonight I went to see New Moon (no tissues required), but I would give that at least 3 inappropriate laughs! You know, the number of times you laughed where it really wasn't meant to be funny!

Anyway, onto this week's Teaser Tuesday.

A few years ago now I read a book called Ship of Brides by JoJo Moyes. That novel was based on the story of the 600 war brides who made the trip from Australia to Britain on the ship HMS Victorious. This book, Swing by Sailor by Catherine Dyson, is a non fiction telling of the stories of approximately 15 of those women. So far it has covered what it was like in war time Australia, how they met their husbands and the stories of their some times very brief courtships and engagements, and their trips on the ship. I am expecting to read something of their lives once they got back to Britain as well. So far it is a very interesting read.

My teaser comes from page 118:

We were all standing on the deck crying, and seeing my family waving to me from the dockside I thought, Will I ever see them again? That was about the only time I had the feeling I'd like to run down the gangway. But then, Cliff was waiting for me to get there.


  1. Interesting teaser! I've never heard of this book.

  2. I bet there are a lot of interesting stories in that book. Great teaser!

  3. great teaser am adding both these books to an already toppling Mt TBR!

  4. I didn't know about this nonfiction portrayal of some of the brides' stories. An interesting follow-up to the novel, I would think.


    P.S. My teaser is here:


  5. I am intrigued. I've read a lot about evacuees, a little about war brides going from the UK to the USA but never anything about anyone coming to Britain after the war. I am very definitely going to do some research!

  6. This looks like a good one to put on the TBR list. Thank you! Mine are posted here!

  7. Sounds like an interesting read. Thanks for visiting my blog!

  8. Nice teaser. I also enjoy your tissue rating system. Here's mine!

  9. I was just thinking yesterday that you hadn't posted in a while! Thank goodness you're back :-) Excited for Advent Tour, too!

  10. This sounds so interesting! Here is my teaser for this week.

  11. What a difficult journey that would have been. This sounds like a really good book.

  12. I read this a few years back - was a very good book. Love your teaser :)

  13. Sally, have you read Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes, which was based on the events in the book?

    Alita, it's difficult to imagine. Some of these women were incredibly sheltered and hadn't even left home, let alone travel thousands of mile in a converted air craft carrier, to different countries, to a country that was really struggling after the war

  14. Sounds a fascinating book. I like to follow up a novel I've enjoyed by reading some non-fiction about the background.

  15. Enjoy the rest of your time, moms don't these moments often so I understand. :-)



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