Sandstone Press

The Voyage of the Dolphin by Kevin Smith

RRP: £8.99
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781910124826
Publication Date: 17/03/2016
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The Voyage of the Dolphin

Kevin Smith

‘Gentlemen,’ Fitzmaurice’s eyes gleamed and he revealed many teeth, ‘lace up your stoutest boots and pack your warmest underwear. We’re all off to the bloody Arctic!’

It is Dublin in the spring of 1916: while war rages across Europe and rebellion threatens the Irish capital, three young College friends embark on a foolhardy seafaring mission to find the lost skeleton of an Irish giant. With mishaps, mischief, and a little romance, their voyage is a hilarious odyssey round the edges of history and into a curious adventure that will change their lives forever.

Ernest Shackleton meets P.G.Wodehouse in this heart-warming tale of three men in a ship (to say nothing of a dog, a foul-mouthed Scotsman and an iguana…)

Kevin Smith

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Kevin Smith was born in London an grew up in Northern Ireland. A former journalist, he worked for a number of years as a foreign correspondent in Eastern Europe. He currently lives in Dublin with...

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Reviews

‘A thrilling, beautifully written, fast-paced adventure full of intriguing historical detail, brilliant characters and boat-loads of laughs - I LOVED it!’
-Pauline McLynn

‘Smith is a good writer, with a funny sensibility.’
-Publishers Weekly

‘...he spins a good story, whether describing the savage sea, the horrors of primitive surgery or a 'holiday camp cacophony' of seals. It’s a pleasant jaunt that mixes nostalgia for the age of exploration with the odd dash of social commentary.’
-The Guardian

‘Like JP Donleavy with a twist of Kingsley Amis. ’
-Irish Examiner

‘As Dublin recedes and the Dolphin becomes their world, the crew's view of life becomes almost lyrical and their days are interspersed with moments of deep reflection.’
-Irish Independent

‘A good old seafaring jaunt buoyed up with plenty of humour, Smith’s novel is a riot.’
-The Irish Times

‘...inventive and heart-warming.’
-The Irish Independent

‘The story is thoroughly engaging, and amusing, whilst also being deep and intelligent, reflecting upon the challenges that face men and women throughout their lives – both in situations of immediate peril and the quotidian stuff of everyday life.’
-The Historical Novel Society

‘Northern Irish writer Kevin Smith wowed us with Jammy Dodger, a post-university coming of age novel set in the 1980s. Now he's all set to do it again with a tale of exploration and the endearing bravado borne of Edwardian indomitability and well-meaning, utter ignorance.’
-The Bookbag