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Taniwha Press UK

Maritime Publications in a small way

Taniwha Press UK consists of a few like-minded friends who happen to sail and got together to publish a few books on the subject. The list is small but will slowly grow - there is no empire-building going on here. The books are distributed from several sources, most at the moment via Imray. You can find the books in general bookshops, direct from Imray or from online retailers like Amazon and The Book Depository amongst others. They are also available on Kindle (Amazon) and as a Epub ( Smashwords , iTunes , Sony, etc.

Coming in Summer 2019

The Gift of a Sea
A short history of yachting in the Mediterranean


Rod Heikell has spent more than 40 years sailing and writing about the Mediterranean, in the progress amassing an extensive collection of papers and books on the history of yachting in the Mediterranean and participating in the modern era of that history. In this book he has painstakingly put together the history of sailing for pleasure in the Mediterranean from the ancient Egyptians up to the present.
Beginning with the royal yachts of the pharaohs, the book looks at the Greeks and the influence of the Odyssey, the excesses of Caligula and the poems of Catallus, the scant history of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the Romantic poets, and Shelley’s sad demise on his yacht. It explores the French writers and artists who sailed these waters, the Victorians and Americans who toured the Mediterranean in their yachts, up to and through the 20th century. The social and political upheavals of the last century changed the world and gave the impetus for many to escape the woes of a post-war world and sail down to the azure waters and warmth of the Mediterranean.
Despite recessions and the age of austerity the numbers of yachts has exploded in the 21st century. The author looks at the voyages around the inland sea in yachts large and small and examines the development of the yachting infrastructure around the countries bordering the Mediterranean.
The book is illustrated with numerous photos and illustrations from the author’s collection and other sources. The book is for boaters and those with an interest in the history of the Mediterranean, as well as being a reference for more serious research, with extensive reference footnotes.

In bookstores including Amazon. In paper, kindle and epub (ipad)

Latest review from Yachting Monthly September 2016

Books reviewed by Colin Jarman
By J C Graeme,published by Taniwha Press at £6.75.

The era of the military junta was traumatic  for Greece and her people. In the aftermath, Golden Dawn emerged as
a political party aiming to re-establish military rule. Like all 'neo-Nazi' groups, it is not to be messed with, as this novel's characters discover.
Estranged brothers reunite briefly and try to outsail men who want to prevent the publication of one brother's book about the junta. It's plausible with plenty of sailing.
The text is confusing though, with no punctuation to separate speech from narrative. You get used to it, but it's odd. Otherwise, it's an easy read with a serious underlying thread, and suited to those who know and enjoy sailing in Greek waters.

Crab’s Odyssey: Malta to Istanbul in an Open Boat
Penny Minney

In the wake of the tales of George Millar in Isabel and the Sea and Ernle Bradford in The Journeying Moon sailing through the Mediterranean after World War II comes Penny Minney’s Crab’s Odyssey recounting the adventures of a group of undergraduates sailing a 17-foot ship’s lifeboat from Malta to Istanbul in the 1950’s. 
It began with the shipwreck of the ferry taking them to join their newly purchased boat on Malta, and ended with them finding an authoritative Ancient Greek historian wrong about the Bosporus passage. In the 1950s, two ordinary second-year students at Somerville College Oxford and their assorted crews sailed more than 1,500 miles in an open boat over four summers.
Joining them at different junctures was a medley of fellow-sailors. To pick up crew at a pre-arranged rendezvous at fortnightly intervals was a juggling act that for one crew member took three nights, eight trains and a ferry. But they only mislaid one – and in the search came close to losing the skipper.
There were no plans for a journey to Istanbul at the outset, but the further they sailed, the more their ambitions grew. There were six major crossings – often with non-stop baling – and much coast-hopping. Tensions on board, unexpected gifts and encounters, and an unexpected proposal: the book vividly recalls a Mediterranean Europe emerging from WWII.

Published by the Taniwha Press UK
ISBN 978-09954699-2-1
£10.50 review of My Name Is No One
By Diogeneson March 21, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition
There was a prejudice of the hero Odysseus before I read this book, I think this read brought out a beautiful irony between my prior knowledge of a legendary hero and of him being reflected upon the nature of a real man. A man at the bar, the twilight years, and the tragedy of hope. There is an essence of Odysseus being unable to control the world he is in, which reminds one of the godly providence of mythology he derives from.
It was a fun read, like a fictional travel book, the scenes were believable and the history weaved into it was fascinating. It succeeded. I could even say that the man Odysseus in this book was a modern man in many respects, I felt a transience of age and issues which dog men today. Perhaps because it was written today, but like I said, it was successful in making one believe that humanity has hardly altered through millenia.