His stories of adventures without parents were a revelation. I was never allowed out without a minder. Suddenly, here was a vision of excitement and individual responsibility.
Last summer, while staying in a friend's house, I spied a set of Ransome novels and it all came tumbling back. . . and then I went to the Boat Show.
Ever since, I've been in a state of total lust. I have this fantasy about a superbly finished, long, lean, dangerous and immensely powerful boat. If only I could afford one. The reality will be more in the nature of a 14 ft fishing smack.
The only problem is I get seasick.
Critic and broadcaster Natalie Wheen was in the confessional with David Benedict.Reuse content