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East Antrim's Tom Jobling Has a third Novel Out With a Nautical Backdrop

8th October 2020
East Antrim's Tom Jobling Has a third Novel Out With a Nautical Backdrop

This is Thomas Jobling's third novel and as with the preceding books, Chasing Shadows and Arthur's Dead has a distinctly nautical backdrop which I suspect comes easily to a writer who was born and lived by the sea. Tom (as I know him) has been since a young age, steeped in boats and all manner of things maritime, having been much involved in East Antrim Boat Club in Larne, Co. Antrim, as well as in the Irish GP14 Association of which he became President. Tom competed at a high level in sailing and still enjoys racing a quarter tonner, albeit at not quite such a frantic pace.

Having spent considerable time as a freelance writer for sailing magazines and the local newspaper as well as producing an e-manual on planning and organising sailing competitions, Tom then got himself a 'proper job' to back up the writing, and ventured into building glass fibre yachts, leading to involvement with the plastics distribution business and then into the construction industry selling plastic building products. Eventually, he rose to the level of national sales manager.

Throughout A Letter to a Lucky Man it's obvious that Jobling draws on his extensive nautical and business knowledge to chart the tale of the main player Curtis Cardinali, from his humble childhood to becoming the 'big boss'; from his turbulent teenage years to a happily married family man. Even the name Cardinali smacks of the intriguing story of Italian immigrants to Northern Ireland but cleverly, the author doesn't tell us about Curtis's ancestry. And I'm left wondering, not only about the name, but also in this work of fiction, which of Cardinali's circumstances were based on Tom's personal experiences. And the dramatic land and seascapes of Jobling's native County Antrim shine through the story and will be to many, recognisable.

a letter to a lucky man

Unfortunately, because of the current Covid 19 restrictions, Thomas Jobling's new novel has been forced to forgo a formal book launch. However, 'A Letter to a Lucky Man' will be available to purchase directly through all online bookstores and by order through high street stores.

Letter to A Lucky Man is published by Leschenault Press (Book Reality Experience Imprint). Paperback ISBN: 978-0-6489496-1-9: RRP (UK) £9.99.

Betty Armstrong

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Betty Armstrong is Afloat and Yachting Life's Northern Ireland Correspondent. Betty grew up racing dinghies but now sails a more sedate Dehler 36 around County Down

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