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  • By: Gervase Phinn
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  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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At the Captain's Table

By: Gervase Phinn
Narrated by: Gervase Phinn
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Summary

Sail away with the delightful new novel from Gervase Phinn, best-selling author of The School at the Top of the Dale.

A summer cruise should be just the ticket for a few weeks of luxury and relaxation—but for the passengers and crew of the Empress of the Ocean, the sights of the Mediterranean are nothing compared to the excitement on board....

For bickering couple Albert and Maureen, the trip might prove a much-needed escape—or the final straw. Elegant Frances de la Mare is determined to hobnob with the right kind of people—but her penthouse suite proves lonelier than she ever imagined. Meanwhile, precocious 12-year-old Oliver discovers that guidebooks don't teach you everything, sparks fly when the port lecturer finds himself upstaged by a popular author, dancers Bruce and Babs can't keep in step, and cruise expert Neville just wants someone to speak to.

But as unlikely friendships are forged, feuds bubble in the laundry room, and everyone jostles for a seat at the captain's table, they might find all their plans going overboard....

Warm, funny and uplifting, this is the perfect escapist story for fans of Gervase Phinn's Yorkshire novels, as well as listeners of Celia Imrie, Alan Titchmarsh and Maeve Haran.

©2022 Gervase Phinn (P)2022 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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"[Gervase Phinn is] a worthy successor to James Herriott, and every bit as endearing." (Alan Titchmarsh, best-selling author)

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A fantastic listen.

This was such a great listen. I genuinely feel like I have been on this cruise with these passengers. The whole book is full of great characters.

I highly recommend this audio book. . Gervase is such a talented author who brings out so much warmth in his novels. And he reads his own words in such unique manner.

Thoroughly enjoyed this.

Thank you.

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Excellent a gripping and soul exposing cruise

As all this writer does is he keeps us aware of the Yorkshire way of life

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A story you will be sorry it finishes!

Gervase Phinn at his best describing the quirks of the various characters who people this novel. Not in a Yorkshire school this time, but on the high seas - a wealth of characters who interact and the story meanders through a cruise and the effect it has on them all. Well worth five starts for story and performance.

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compulsive listening

I have listened to it several times.rs and I have enjoyed it so very much. I love how he makes the characters come to life.

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Not Bad

The book was entertaining but it comes a poor second when compared with the schools series.

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Loved the book

I thought the two Sisters were very good and funny, well thought out. I love to hear Gervase phinn read and talk, he has a comfortable voice which is nice and easy on the ears.ni thought the book was just the right amount and not over dramatic just right .

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Feel good book

I love this book, it is a real mood lifter and full of humour and knowledge at the same time. I must have listened to it a dozen times in the short time it has been released. Gervais Phinn has done it again - superb

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Another thoroughly enjoyable story from Gervase Ph

Another thoroughly enjoyable story from Gervase Phinn, this time far from the Yorkshire Dale's and school life, but none the less enjoyable. I love the authors observation of character traits, so realistic you can identify people or even yourself in them. Very easily readable with a few belly laughs thrown in, my personal favourites were the two sisters, one of whom always substitutes a word for something with another that is almost always cringe worthy, so funny, and anyone who has ever been on a cruise has met a Neville.

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Very enjoyable

Another excellent novel by the wonderful Mr Phinn. Some genuine laugh out loud moments. Highly recommended!

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  • Shannon Seybert
  • 21-08-22

At the Captain’s Table

It was Wonderful!!!
I loved every minute of it and will read it again and again.
I Highly recommend it

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  • Kathy
  • 19-08-22

I love Gervase Phinn's books and this is a true de

Gervase Phinn is a Yorkshire born man who has never lost his acdcent. He is a performer and storyteller. I wish I could see him live, but don't think he travels to the States. This is a book about a cruise to ports of call in Cadiz, Rome and other places. The cruisers are a completely disparate group of people with their hang-ups, quirks and problems. They range from an incredibly bright almost 13 year old boy to two sisters who are close but annoy one another. To top that off, one of them has the most wonderful malapropisms. "I hope there won't be any salamis on this cruise." And her sister explains to the captain that she means tsunamis. They get better.

Over the period of the cruise, lives change, some for the better, some for worse. The captain is a lovely and perceptive man. Phinn has a wonderful ear for language and brings it to this book which he reads. He is not young, but his expressive reading and his delight in his characters is something I love! This is his first book, at least that I know about which is not set in Yorkshire, a place I dearly love and almost lived. Listen to the sample to see if you will like his narration. I love it, and love his knack for bringing out lots of nuances in the people he portrays. I can't wait to read another book by this lovely writer!