People who go to sea are notorious for telling tall tales. But Cranpole’s wry observations and humourous anecdotes make the mind boggle, not because they are too fantastic, but because they are all too real. The irony of an island nation turning its back on what could potentially be its greatest resource has been alluded to before. But Cranpole offers an insider’s perspective, and with a knack for understatement he is not entirely complimentary of officialdom either, but it is a voice which needs to be heard nevertheless.
Observing the life of the inhabitants of a fishing community on the south coast of Ireland, Cranpole documents the trials and tribulations of those who work in the Irish sea fishing industry. This is the story of the men and women who daily battle with the sea, the elements, the bureaucracy to land the nation’s fishing quotas. Yet despite the ups and downs of their trade, the hazards and occasional tragedies, they stick with it because it is the life that they love.
A Woeful Tale by Derrick Cranpole is published by The Manuscript Publisher (ISBN: 978-0-9571157-1-2). It is available to buy in all good bookshops as well as online. RRP €9.99.