Clive Wilkinson's Reflections from the Monkey Deck is a personal account of freighter travel in the modern age. A patchwork of meteorology, mythology, geography, geology, religion and human interest, the narrative operates on many different levels and is so much more than just a book on travelling the world on container ships. It compels the reader to keep going as the text darts from historical insight, to geographical information, to mythology to commentary about the passengers and crew. Reflections from the Monkey Deck is not only a nautical journey but also one of self-reflection on the part of the author as he draws on past experiences from his own life and links them to places that the ship visits on its journey across the world. It is a fascinating read based on a wholly different perspective of that usually offered to the modern seafarer.
Clive Wilkinson trained as a religious studies teacher and began his teaching career in Surrey. A few years later he went to Rhodesia/Zimbabwe to teach at a mission school, immediately after Ian Smith's Unilateral Declaration of Independence and just as the ‘bush war' was starting. Returning to the UK, he attended Newcastle University, where he took a degree in geography before returning to Africa to undertake research on human migration in Lesotho for his PhD. He spent nearly twenty years training geography teachers and environmental studies undergraduates in the UK. After retirement he undertook research on youth homelessness and young people not in employment, education or training, the results of which were published under the title ‘The Drop Out Society'. He then worked for several years doing research on rural development in Northumberland. Now fully retired he enjoys walking, gardening, writing, playing table tennis, ceilidh dancing and, of course, travelling slowly.
Around The World On A Bicycle
The Wind Has Weight: Neither Wind Nor Fate Bears Malice
My War Is Not Over
My Life On Request - Pieces of Me
Unprepared for Life's Journey
Regaining Life's Winding Trail
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