A Summer at Sea, by Katie Fforde 

Summer at Sea by Katie FfordeEmily is happy with her life just as it is.

She has a career as a midwife that she loves . She enjoys living on her own as a single woman. But she’s also feels it’s time for a change and a spot of some sea air.

So when her best friend Rebecca asks whether she’d like to spend the summer cooking on a ‘puffer’ boat just off the Scottish coast, she jumps at the chance.

But she barely has time to get to grips with the galley before she finds herself with a lot on her plate.

Rebecca is heavily pregnant and is thrilled to have her friend on board doing most of the work. Then there’s Emily’s competitive and jealous kitchen assistant who thinks she should be head-cook, not Emily.

And there’s Alasdair, the handsome local doctor who Emily is desperately trying not to notice.

Because if she falls in love with him, as he appears to be falling for her, will she ever want her old life back again?


‘I have known VIC 32 almost as long as I’ve known Nick and Rachel and she has always seemed the perfect subject for a novel. Her early history, and her history since Nick and Rachel have owned her, is long and full of highs and lows. I have experienced a bit of both. There was a time when the boiler clinkered up and this had to be lifted from the boiler with pincers. I helped do this and earned the accolade I am most proud of, ‘The Clinker Queen.’ The fact that I was six months pregnant may have had something to do with this. As for the highs, well, too many to mention.

However, for ages, I couldn’t think how to base a book on the puffer until my agent spotted her while travelling to Jura (he is also George Orwell’s agent.) He didn’t know I knew VIC 32 then but suggested I might be able to use her in the novel that was in the planning stage. I instantly saw how she could star in it, as befits her status.

Summer at Sea also includes some characters who may be faintly recognisable.’





Katie’s book will be available from 11th February 2016, and can be ordered through our online Puffer Shop.