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Sonia Nadina Interviews Rod Baker about his upcoming book

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Join Sonia Nadina Haynes in a chat with Rod Baker, author of Constant Traveller #R00186

Rod grew up in England and immigrated to Canada at age 21. He worked on the tugboats until running aground and sinking in the Haida Gwai. He then found work ashore as  boatbuilder.

            In 1975, with a mortgage and a family, he was laid off, couldn’t find work, and started a boat repair company, which he ran for twenty years. In 1997 he retrained and opened a practice as a psychotherapist. From 2002 - 2012 he became Executive Director of non-profit mental health service providers. He is currently renovating his home and learning how to become a writer.

About The Book.

        Rod is unhappy with the dullness of small town post-war England and, at age sixteen, escapes by going sea. Life aboard ship presents a host of unexpected challenges. But as the world unfolds before him, a variety of fascinating experiences capture his attention: Mao’s China, the poverty of Africa, the abundance of America, exotic Tahiti, insurgents in Aden, Sumo wrestlers, and bold Swedish women all blend together in an intoxicating kaleidoscope of cultures and adventures.

         Young and impressionable, Rod tries to fit into the strange new environment of shipboard life by following the not always helpful advice and behaviours of his fellow shipmates. This is a coming-of-age tale set in the sixties on the background of the high seas. Due to an unexpected change of course, the final voyage leaves Rod high and dry in Vancouver.

North Shore Writers' Association Website: www.nswriters.org