"Royal Navy and Maritime Book Reviews" PROVIDED BY - Rob Jerrard
Olympia Publishers Books Reviewed in 2010
Author: Jerome A Carroll
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It isn't everyone who could spend weeks encased in metal together with an eclectic mix of characters from across the British Isles. It takes a special kind of person to endure difficult, some might say appalling, living conditions and still find humour in the everyday life of a submariner in the Royal Navy.
But this is exactly what Jerome Carroll has done with his autobiography MenInTins. With a fascinating political and social background of the sixties and seventies he leads us through the experiences of a submariner travelling in the waters around Iceland, the Far East, Hong Kong and the Maldives, to name but a very few destinations and people, with whom he comes into contact.
Showing tremendous pride in his colleagues and in the activities of the Royal Navy, he gives us a warts-and-all account of the highs and lows of navy life, from living, eating, humorous tales on and off the rugby field and sleeping (not much of this) to carrying out orders in life-threatening circumstances, orders that are carried out with the backdrop of the Cold War, the Cuban Crisis, and the Beatles' number one hits back in Blighty!
The author joined the Royal Navy in 1960 at the age of 16 with the primary intention of seeing as much of the world as possible. After stints on an aircraft carrier, a frigate, a destroyer, conventional and nuclear submarines, he left the navy in 1971. He then married and had 3 daughters while acclimatising to civilian life and studying in the electrical/electronics industry. Jerome has lectured at the I.E.E. in London and at universities, colleges and establishments in the U.K. while travelling extensively throughout Europe and the U.S.A. during the course of his work.
Upon taking early retirement he opted for sunnier climes and now lives with his second wife Susan close to a small fishing harbour in the South East corner of Cyprus where he continues to write from his study overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.