Books by Rob Godfrey

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The Yukon Queen

One Englishman, one Dutch woman and two clapped-out Citroen 2CVs set out on an incredible journey of do-daring and fortitude and other very macho things...         je ne regrette rien

In July 1999 the good ship Marie Anne sailed from Rotterdam, bound for the USA. On board this creaking cargo ship were Rob Godfrey and two Citroen 2CVs. This voyage was the first leg of an epic journey to Prudhoe Bay, on the shores of the Arctic Ocean, a journey that took Rob Godfrey and Jose Oostveen 8000 road miles across North America.

The 2CV Alaska Challenge was not only the first time a 2CV had been driven up to the Arctic Ocean in Alaska, it was also the first time that charity fundraising had been attempted entirely via the internet, and also the first time that an ongoing travelogue had been posted as 'almost live' reportage - the only things that weren't cutting edge about the 2CV Alaska Challenge were the cars... delay, deviation and danger while crossing the Atlantic Ocean, breakdowns, bust-ups and bacchanalia during the road journey to Alaska, and lots and lots of pissed-off grizzly bears were all part of what beforehand had seemed like a good idea. The book also relates what happened to Rob after the 2CV Alaska Challenge, which was a case of being 'down and out in the Wild West with a Citroen 2CV'.

The Yukon Queen is not only an account of Rob's travels, it's also a quirky history of Canada and the Pacific Northwest, including the Yukon gold rush, the Alaskan gold rush, the building of the Alaska Highway and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. The book runs to approx. 105,000 words.

The Yukon Queen is available as a paperback or an e-book which also contains 38 photos and 2 maps.

 


 
When I Went Out One Summer's Morn
From California to communist eastern Europe, from Alaska to Arabia, from Paris to Peking, these travel tales span the globe and contain both high drama and small moments. A Red Army soldier pulls a knife on the Trans-Siberian Railway. A foggy evening in San Francisco and an arguement about what the word 'penultimate' means. A voyage across the Atlantic Ocean on a cargo ship. A girl met on a train while crossing the Iron Curtain. A record-breaking drive up to the Arctic Ocean in Alaska. Bicycling in Beijing. Arrest and interrogation by the Stasi in East Berlin. A Polish princess hitchhiking in the south of France. All this and more is recounted in When I Went Out One Summer's Morn, Rob Godfrey's memoir of 20 years of travels.

When I Went Out One Summer's Morn is available as a paperback or an e-book.

 


 
The poetry of Robert Herrick - who was Julia?

Robert Herrick was born in London in 1591 and died in 1674 at the age of 83, which is quite remarkable considering that he lived through a war with the French, the English Civil War and outbreaks of the Black Death. These were very troubled times and in 1648, when Herrick was in his late fifties, he published his life's work in a volume of poetry called Hesperides: Or, The Works Both Humane & Divine. Over the centuries, Herrick has often been dismissed as a 'minor poet' yet Hesperides contains some of the best known lines in English poetry, amongst which are these from To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time:

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today
Tomorrow will be dying.

There are just over 1,400 poems in Hesperides: Or, The Works Both Humane & Divine. Seventy four of them mention a woman called Julia. There are many other poems in the collection that don't actually name Julia yet are obviously about her.

Herrick's obsession with this woman accounts for about 10% of the poetry in Hesperides, which prompts an oft asked question: who was Julia? Nothing is known about her. There is no historical record. This essay examines Herrick's life and his poetry and the Julia poems in an attempt to discover the real Julia, and comes to a somewhat startling conclusion.

The poetry of Robert Herrick - who was Julia? is available as an e-book.

 


 
Sex and other kinds of poems
In 1996 I wrote a collection of poetry called Sex, which consisted of 69 poems that covered every aspect of sex you could imagine, and probably quite a lot you couldn't imagine (doing the research was interesting). Sex never got published. This collection contains many of the Sex poems, along with other pieces I've written over the years, including some of my London Sonnets.

The earliest poem in this collection, a free verse piece called The Miami, dates from 1987, when I was 23 years old. The most recent poem, a Spenserian sonnet called Perihelion, was written in 2009. I dislike the divide between free verse and formal poetry and you'll find that reflected here. I'm also no fan of the seriousness which inhabits much of the poetry world. Sex and other kinds of poems contains both humorous and serious poetry. I can only hope that the reader finds this collection interesting; and needless to say, many of these poems are not suitable for children.

Sex and other kinds of poems is available as an e-book.

 


 
Dishwash Theory and other deviations

These twenty essays have been written over the last decade. They cover a mix of subjects across the arts, politics, science and history, everything from 17th century poets to vice and disease in the Victorian age to the assassination of a Russian spy, with Tintin thrown in for good measure.

By far the longest essay in this collection is Dishwash Theory - an explanation of the mind, which is a somewhat unique take on the nature of consciousness.

The collection runs to approx. 34,000 words and also contains a number of diagrams and photographs.

Dishwash Theory and other deviations is available as an e-book.

 


 
Rob Godfrey was born in London on March 21st 1964. After travelling the world and having various adventures he is now pausing in a quiet part of south west France.

Rob's blog can be found at: http://www.spiderbomb.com/blog/

e-mail: rob@spiderbomb.com