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Close Quarters

Close Quarters is the sequel to Rites of Passage and the second volume of ‘A Sea Trilogy’.

In a wilderness of heat, stillness and sea mists, a ball is held on a ship becalmed halfway to Australia. In this surreal, fete-like atmosphere the passengers dance and flirt, while beneath them thickets of weed like green hair spread over the hull.

Half-mad with fear, with drink, with love and opium, everyone on this leaky, unsound hulk is ‘going to pieces’. And in a nightmarish climax the very planks seem to twist themselves alive as the ship begins to come apart at the seams.

Judy explains the continuation of 'A Sea Trilogy'.

Listen to Judy Golding discussing Close Quarters

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