Romford man’s memoirs based on sea voyages

A man has penned his first novel about his experiences of working on a passenger cargo ship during the 1960s.

Brian Round, from London Road, Romford has just had his memoirs called Any Storm In A Port based on his voyages on the P&O cargo ship published.

Brian said: “Its something that I have always wanted to write about and I think it is something that will interest people because it is a world that not many people know what is going on.”

Brian, 69, worked on the P&O cargo ship during the 1960s as a store keeper, travelling from the King George V dock to countries including Panama, Los Angeles, Japan, Hong Kong and many more.

He decided to write on his experiences about 18 months ago.

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In the novel he explores his time spent in Japan, where he fell in love, and also discusses how the staff use to sell cigarettes and spirits to the police officers in countries including the Philipines.

Brian said: “Its set in the 1960s which was a very interesting time because everything was so vibrant and exciting.

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“I think it is a life that not many people are aware of and I think that if they enjoy travelling this will be perfect for them.”

The book costs �9.99 and is available by ordering from any book store.

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