Diary of a Cornish Fisherman: Newquay, 1962-1967
Trevor Simpson

Diary of a Cornish Fisherman by Trevor Simpson. Published by The Manuscript Publisher, 2014.

Diary of a Cornish Fisherman: Newquay, 1962-1967
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Trevor Simpson

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About the Author

Trevor Simpson is a retired seafisherman. Born in England, he has lived in Ireland since the late 1960s. In addition to this volume of memoirs, he has also written poetry and verse, which has been published and performed across various media.
Life in a Cornish fishing community in 1960s is the subject of this fascinating memoir, told in a style that is warm, engaging, humorous and packed full of incident.

Trevor Simpson started keeping a diary, "to record the weather and the numbers of crawfish and lobsters we caught. Basically that, together with the areas we fished, was supposed to be all of it. It just kind of grew then so that before very long, I was adding scraps of information about what was happening to other fishermen besides us. As the year advanced, more and more details were added. Snatches of conversations were included and sometimes stories recounted to us by other people, were faithfully written up."

The diary covers the years 1962 to 1967, just up to the point when the author decides to move to Ireland, thus beginning a new, as yet untold, chapter in the story. The diary itself remained in a box in an attic for forty years, before being taken out and dusted off and offered up for public consumption.

"Just reading through it has triggered so many memories. Suddenly, I am 'down harbour' again and standing on the yellow sand. The sun is baking the seaweed on the harbour wall and it smells good. The boats are all made of wood and smartly painted. As the tide floods into the harbour, the boats come afloat. The crews slip their moorings and the boats head out to sea, their mizzen sails are barked canvas, red-brown in colour. Ropes are made of manila or sisal. The skippers and the crewmen are young and strong. The diary shines a light on those times and on our working lives."

This is a book that will appeal to anyone who has gone to sea, or wishes that they had. Generously illustrated, complete with a glossary of nautical and fishing terms, it doesn’t just introduce the reader to the life of the seafarer; it invites you in.


Diary of a Cornish Fisherman: Newquay, 1962-1967 by Trevor Simpson
Non-fiction, autobiography, memoir. 180 pages with glossary and illustrations (black and white). 
First published in Ireland in 2014 by The Manuscript Publisher
ISBN: 978-0-9576729-2-5

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After leaving the Royal Navy, Trevor Simpson shipped on as a crewman aboard a small lobster boat in the cozy seaside town of Newquay, Cornwall. From 1962-1967, he kept a journal of his daily activities, recounting his seafaring adventures and chronicling his observations on Cornish life. The result is a warm, witty, wise and poignant portrait of both a people and a place with feet firmly footed in the past, yet aching to catch up to the times. Along the way, readers will fall for the many quirky characters that come and go, bringing colour and flavor to generations of routine. Well peppered with grainy photographs, the work is entertaining and engaging, and will appeal to both landlubbers and sea-lovers of all ilk and ages. - Celtic Life International magazine (Best Books of 2014)

Excellent read and most enjoyable tales of what is not an easy life. Trevor has captured the trials and tribulations in a very lifelike way. - Tony Thomas

I too fished from Newquay from 1977 and I can remember the people that Trevor wrote about , the evocative memories and the same "call of the sea" that a few experience. I would love to know if there is a follow up book about Trevor's time in Ireland. I bet that would be just as interesting! Brilliant book Trevor, thank you !!! - Simon Neve

Excellent. Only wish he had followed it up with how he got on in Ireland. - Peter McGuinness

Great read full of historical info. - Robert Shotter

Listen to the podcast of an interview Trevor Simpson gave to Flirt FM 101.3 - Galway's Alternative Radio Station. This interview went out live on 27 January, 2014:

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