St Lucia: 1782. The Penhale Trilogy: Book Two
Ortho Penhale, taken by press gang into the Navy, is fighting against the French at the Battle of the Saintes under Admiral Rodney.
Returning home wounded to Bosula, his farm in west Cornwall, Penhale finds his world has changed irrevocably.
First published in 1925, High Noon follows the continuing adventures of Ortho Penhale as he finds love and embarks on a disastrous career as a slave ship captain.
New revised and edited edition.
Period comments about High Noon
“The eighteenth century was a stirring time for men of warm blood and active brains, and Mr Garstin knows it well. He has written a romance full of stir and colour, a tale to quicken the pulse and set the muscles twitching”
Aberdeen Journal, 1925
Dundee Courier, 1925
“One of the present-day writers who can deliver the goods”
The Cornishman, 1925
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Crosbie Garstin (1887-1930) was the eldest child of Norman Garstin, an Irishman who settled in Penzance and became one of the leading lights of the Newlyn School of Art.
Crosbie Garstin’s short life was as dramatic as any. Following education in Penzance, Cheltenham and Bedford, he travelled to the United States and Canada where he worked as a horse breaker on ranches, in threshing gangs, as a sawyer in lumber camps and as a Pacific coast miner. Subsequently, he travelled to Africa where he became manager of a cattle ranch.
At the start of World War I he returned to Cornwall and enlisted as a trooper in the 1st King Edward’s Horse regiment. Commissioned in the field, he also served as an intelligence officer in Ireland following the 1916 Easter Rising before returning to the Western Front.
Whilst at the front, his poetry that had previously been published in Punch and other magazines was issued as Vagabond Verses, followed by The Mud Larks, a series of sketches from the front for Punch magazine. He then embarked on a short, but prolific literary career that included the three Ortho Penhale books — The Owls’ House, High Noon and The West Wind — as well as further novels, poetry and travel writing (The Sunshine Settlers, The Coasts of Romance, and The Dragon and the Lotus). Crosbie Garstin lived at Lamorna in west Cornwall.
His final novel, China Seas, was made into a Hollywood movie starring Clark Gable in 1935, but Crosbie didn’t live to see his work on screen. Following an early morning boating accident off Salcombe, Devon in April 1930, Crosbie Garstin disappeared, presumed drowned, although no body was ever found.