Thinking On Your Feet is pleased to feature Paul Sherman who hosted an enchanting tour of Herm Island with readings from his book “Where Seagulls Dare: and other tales from Herm Island”. A review written by Steve Foote of Blue Ormer Publishing:
Where Seagulls Dare and other tales of Herm Island is a new collection of short stories by Paul Sherman, an established author and playwright.
When Paul first approached me to publish for his stories, I was immediately hooked. Even though I had been visiting Herm regularly, on day trips from Guernsey, for many years – he clearly knew the island and its history far better than me. And this is reflected in the passion for the island that shines through all the stories.
The tales are very varied in style, but all share one common characteristic, the island of Herm is a major character. Where Seagulls Dare, the story that gives the book its title, is a humorous fictional history set during the German Occupation of World War II. Some of the stories are set in the present – like Dancing for Pierre, about a pact between two teenage girls, and The Shell Shrine, the sinister story of a shell collector in the style of Roald Dahl’s Tales of the Unexpected. There is a vampire story, The Sisters Last Resting Place and a science-fiction tale Edith and the Alien, set in Herm’s school. The longest story in the book, The Case of the Poison Pinot, is a murder mystery set in the White House Hotel during a wine-tasting weekend, and a Sherlock Holmes impersonator comes to the rescue.
The book has proved very popular with many of Herm’s many visitors this summer – and Paul was delighted to be invited to return to reprise his Where Seagulls Dare tour of Herm last weekend.
One of the first people to read Paul’s book, Jane Mosse, summed it up when she said:
“You don’t need to know Herm to enjoy this book but the island plays such a big part in the stories that the reader will be longing to visit.”
You can buy your own copy of the book through the Blue Ormer website at https://www.blueormer.co.uk/?page_id=902 – or you can find it in all good bookshops in Herm and Guernsey, as well as Amazon and Waterstones.