Life's A Ship And Then You Fly

  Life’s a Ship and then you Fly is essentially a comparison between a voyage home from Australia to the UK in 1972 and a nostalgic return cruise taken in 2012, retracing similar sea lanes. This is a humorous travelogue that reflects a love of the sea, the ships that ply those waters and the ports experienced along the way. It combines a distrust of anything remotely modern with a misplaced bias for all things traditional.   

  Described by one publisher as being “engaging and charming” and as having “a knack of making narration feel casual and fluid”, the 420 pages of text and 32 images offer a compelling account of visiting yesterday with a suitcase of memories.  

  Photo of a new book by Steve Clutterbuck  

  Life’s a ship and then you Fly is a humorous and down to earth comparison of events that are separated by four decades. In 1968 my family emigrated to Australia, only to return to the UK in 1972, aboard a classically traditional liner. These pages tell of my return to Australia, aboard a modern day cruise ship, tracing our original wake as closely as possible. They tell of a young man grown up, of his journey of a lifetime, half way around the world aboard a wonderful ship, plying the seas that captivate him so, across the Pacific that has tempted him for so long and finally back to Australia where, after forty years, friendships are rekindled and memories, dreams and hopes are unravelled. It is a vivid comparison between the recollections and experiences of a young lad and the desire to relive them through the same eyes but with the dubious benefit that maturity bestows. It is a contrast between a time gone by and the inexorable march of progress, of how people, places, ideas, dreams and expectations have changed across four decades, two oceans and a host of countries and cultures.  

  This is the story of how I went back to Oz aboard a luxury cruise liner and sat on my old porch with a glass of herbal tea, as you do.  

Published February 2014


ISBN 978-1-908616-48-7

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