Distant Horizons - Eric C Bartholomew

SITTING on a beach in Goa, one year, I watched an old man fishing just offshore with a circular, weighted net. I befriended him, buying him meals of rice and whatever, and he taught me to fish offshore. He told me the true story of a poor fisherman who

SITTING on a beach in Goa, one year, I watched an old man fishing just offshore with a circular, weighted net. I befriended him, buying him meals of rice and whatever, and he taught me to fish offshore.

"He told me the true story of a poor fisherman who, one day while fishing, came across a swarm of king prawns. He filled his boat to the gunnels, going back to re-fill several times.

"This not only gave him wealth beyond his wildest dreams, but enabled him to go on and, from nothing, forge a business worth millions that included a fleet of boats and a canning factory. He not only supplied beach shacks and restaurants, but exported to several European countries."

Thus Eric C Bartholomew explains how he came to write Distant Horizons (�8.99, Kavanagh Tipping), a family soap opera about life, love, and fishing.


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Joe and his young son Pedro live in a small village on the coast in Goa and make a meagre living from fishing. One day their boat is caught in a storm. Joe is almost killed by a shark and left disabled.

They befriend the captain of the trawler, which rescues them, and when they hit the big time with their prawn catch, they set up a business with him and his two sons. But one of the sons falls in with gangsters and Mumbai lowlife, sparking tragedy.

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Bartholomew has come up with an intriguing tale and is a natural story-teller.

- LINDSAY JONES

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