Mostly Mischief by H.W.Tilman
'Mostly Mischief' is another Tilman sailing and mountaineering book published in the new series by Vertebrate Publishing.
The book includes four great voyages by Tilman, mostly in 'Mischief', his own 45 foot pilot cutter. Three sailing adventures take part in the far north when he visits either East Greenland or West Greenland and Baffin Island. The fourth story is a trip to the sub-Antarctic Heard Island lying at 53 degrees south in 'Patanela', a 63 foot steel schooner.
Since the first publication of these stories back in 1966 nothing has changed in terms of Tilman's prose. He still has a gift for understatement and a witty self-deprecating writing style when it comes to describing both great achievements and unfortunate mishaps. What is different is that Lodestar Books and Vertebrate Publishing have provided us with a pleasant low weight volume with a foreword and afterword which help us to see Tilman from the perspective of others who have either met him or actually sailed with him.
Another worthy addition to any sailor-mountaineer's bookshelf.