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Chapters Book Club

Hello book lovers!

For the months of July & August we’ll be discussing the following books on board:

The Miss Tutti Frutti Contest by Graeme Lay

Silent Predator by Tony Park

New books for September, October & November will be confirmed in coming weeks.

Happy reading. 

 

Chapters Book Club

It can be a bit daunting, as a writer, to think that there are groups of people sitting around in someone’s living room picking your book apart in a book club.  So it was with a mixed sense of excitement and trepidation that I accepted a kind offer by P&O Cruises to speak at the first-ever meeting of Chapters Book Club, on board Pacific Dawn.

I was probably the only person on the ship who was thankful that the weather for our second sea day on our cruise to Tahiti was cold and wet, as this was the day the cruise director chose to kick off the book club.

To my great relief about 60 passengers showed up and listened to me talk about my five novels, Far Horizon, Zambezi, African Sky, Safari, and my latest book, Silent Predator.  Silent Predator was the book nominated for discussion during the ship-board book club during this cruise.

I love meeting and talking to people who are as into books as I am, and a few of the passengers who came along have also tried their hand at writing or have a project on the go.

Tony Park with Chapters Book Club fan, Fay.

Tony Park with Chapters Book Club fan, Fay.

To me, the greatest impediments to writing a book are time and place – that is, having enough time and the right place to allow you to take on the task of getting about 120,000 words down on paper.   All my books are set in Africa and what works for me is to spend six months of each year in the African bush, where I do my research and writing on-location, and draw on the natural beauty of the continent for my inspiration.

I was thrilled to learn, when chatting to people from the audience, that one of the ladies who came along was actually finishing off a draft of a novel on the cruise, tapping away on her laptop in her cabin.  Like I always tell people, if you’re not writing because you enjoy it – in this woman’s case it was part of her holiday – then you’re probably doing it for the wrong reasons.

Have you ever thought of writing a book?  If you have, I reckon a long cruise is a perfect place to write – loads of time and no shortage of peace, quiet, and inspiration all at the same time.

Tony Park
Guest author for Chapters Book Club

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Hello cruisers!
This cruise marks a new chapter for Pacific Dawn! We are launching Chapters Book Club, P&O Cruises’ first book club at sea. Passengers will be able to get together a few times each cruise to discuss books of past and present.

Tony ParkTo celebrate Chapters, we have guest author, Tony Park, sailing on the current cruise to facilitate the sessions (from Sydney to Tonga). Tony is an Australian author who has five published books with a sixth one out in August. His latest, Silent Predator, is the focus of the book club sessions. Tony spends half the year on safari in Africa, so make sure you share a yarn or two… he has many stories to tell!
Happy Reading, see you at Chapters!
Zoltina-J
Cruise Director

Tony Park onboard Pacific Dawn – our first Chapters Book Club guest author.

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