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A Ship Is Dying

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Within fourteen minutes the fatally-stricken cargo vessel 'Lycomedes' will plunge forever beneath the storm-shredded waters of the winter North Sea with fifty-four men, a limpid-eyed dog and a foul-beaked parrot aboard.

Into that agonizingly brief span is packed a lifetime of turbulence and tragedy, of cowardice and courage, of pathos and humour and the dawning acceptance of coming death: even, incredibly, of moments of boredom and moments of exultation. You meet her crew for only a tiny fragment of their mortal lives, yet under the remorselessly escalating stresses of disaster you grow to know them intimately: to understand, and to feel for them in their peril.

With experience and authority, Callison, himself a former Merchant Navy officer, vividly portrays the onset of catastrophe in such a way that you, the reader, will live though every instant while 'Lycomedes' tears herself apart beneath your feet. 'A Ship is Dying' is as stirring, as poignant, as overwhelming a sea story as has ever been recounted.

"Brian Callison compresses a chilling collection of marine horrors, all the more horrible because of his matter-of-fact tone. The behaviour of men under stress gives the book a powerful chemistry." NEW YORK TIMES.

"Make no mistake; Mr Callison can grip you ... Conrad might have liked a lot of this book." THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.

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Hardback Editions

October 1976 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: A Ship is Dying
Author(s): Brian Callison
ISBN: 0-8415-0450-4 / 978-0-8415-0450-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: E. P. Dutton Co.
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March 1976 : UK Hardback
thumbTitle: A Ship is Dying
Author(s): Brian Callison
ISBN: 0-00-222461-5 / 978-0-00-222461-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
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Paperback Editions

1981 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: A ship is dying
Author(s): Brian Callison
ISBN: 0-86009-344-1 / 978-0-86009-344-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Magna
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August 1980 : USA Mass Market Paperback
thumbTitle: A Ship Is Dying
Author(s): Brian Callison
ISBN: 0-345-29103-4 / 978-0-345-29103-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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September 1977 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: Ship is Dying
Author(s): Brian Callison
ISBN: 0-00-614495-0 / 978-0-00-614495-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services
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Audio Editions

December 2002 : UK Audio Cassette
thumbTitle: A Ship is Dying
Author(s): Brian Callison
ISBN: 1-84283-400-2 / 978-1-84283-400-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Soundings Ltd
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Kindle Editions

November 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: A SHIP IS DYING
Author(s): Brian Callison
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