Spain: 1795. The Penhale Trilogy: Book Three
With Britain at war with France, Spain and Holland, Ortho Penhale is recruited to captain a privateer for his brother’s friend Burnadick. After a disastrous assault on a Dutch man-o’-war, Penhale is imprisoned in Spain.
Ortho Penhale: Horse dealer. Smuggler. Barbary slave. Barbary lancer. Navy crewman. Slave trader. Privateer then smuggler again.
First published in 1926, The West Wind follows Ortho Penhale the fugitive as he travels across Spain heading for his beloved Cornwall. His past returns to haunt him as he embarks on his final triumphant act.
New revised and edited edition.
Period comments about The West Wind
“The great wind that thunders through these pages would flap and droop if the folk whom it blows about the world were creatures not of flesh and blood”
The Observer, January 1927
Aberdeen Journal, September 1926
“One of Mr Crosbie Garstin’s most eventful stories.”
Yorkshire Post, December 1926
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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.