You’ll See Wonders

My latest book appeared on Amazon on Sunday. The title comes from advice given when I went to sea: brother-in-law, an engineer with Elder Dempster, cautioned me to never be cynical – ‘You’ll see wonders’, he said. ‘You’ll See Wonders’ is the sequel to my first memoir, ‘The Best of Days’. It has been a pleasurable two years in the writing, and I’ve enjoyed trying to write with the spirit and atmosphere of the time. It is not autobiography, but memoir – which allows for scenes and character to be built where memory gives only snatches and fragments of conversation and visual recall of sixty years ago. I’m now cogitating around a possible book 3, whilst Pieris rapae is out there, in the sunshine, laying her little lime-green eggs on my cabbages. The cover of “You’ll See Wonders” is from one of the last paintings by my old friend and venerable man of the sea, Bill Wedgwood of Robin Hood’s Bay – he did it for the book. Though he did not see it finished, I passed him chapters as they emerged.

About Harry Nicholson

I once bred Beveren rabbits in all colours. Today, I'm an enameller who works with a kiln, fusing pictures in glass onto copper. On Amazon is my novel, 'Tom Fleck', set in the North of England of 1513 - the year of Flodden. A sequel to 'Tom Fleck' is 'The Black Caravel' published in 2016. My anthology of poems came out in 2015: 'Wandering About.' Recently I published memoirs of my time in the Merchant Navy: 'The Best of Days' and 'You'll See Wonders" I've a blog of poems, stories and art at:
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4 Responses to You’ll See Wonders

  1. Neil Bullock says:

    Dear Harry, Thanks for taking the time to reply and I am so thrilled that there will be another volume to your story. It’s been such a tough year for us all but your writing has certainly transported me to a tropical ocean or two over the last weeks. My wife will be pleased that I have finished as I felt it necessary to read her various extracts whilst reading my Kindle in bed. To be fair she enjoyed them very much and says that she will now read You’ll See Wonders. Incidentally what a great title for this memoir gifted by your relative!
    All best wishes
    PS Amazon review just typed!

  2. Neil Bullock says:

    I have just had the great pleasure of reading ”You’ll See Wonders” and although I will post a separate comment on Amazon I particularly wanted to send a message to let you know how much I enjoyed reading your beautifully written memoir.
    It was so good that I didn’t want to finish it! So I very much hope that you will embark on the third volume of your life and times at sea. That would be something to look forward to!

    • Hello, Neil. Thank you for your response. For an isolated writer, in lockdown, it is truly heartening to have your comments on the memoir. After a pause to take stock and reflect, I have indeed started the final book. Only one chapter so far, but having begun it is surprising how motivation returns. Your post today is a welcome spur.
      Best wishes
      Harry Nicholson

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