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A Woeful Tale by Derrick Cranpole
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A Woeful Tale is the debut collection of poetry and illustrations from Derrick Cranpole. It is published by The Manuscript Publisher (ISBN: 978-0-9571157-1-2) and is available to buy online from this website – see PayPal button below. RRP €9.99 plus P&P (€3 for deliveries within Ireland/Northern Ireland; €5.10 overseas delivery)

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Also available in e-book editions. Visit Amazon for the Kindle edition (also available on and other Amazon domains) and Smashwords for other common e-book formats including:
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Also available in ePub from Apple (iTunes) and Kobo.

What They Said:

"Over the years I have known a lobster fisherman from the South-East, a man fond of a bit of ironic, sometimes blunt poetry or ditties, particularly when he was infuriated by official policies on fishing." – Tom MacSweeney, Marine Times

"Referring to the fishing industry and maritime matters especially in the South East (it is) a mainly humorous comment on the maritime society of the area and its 'official regulators'." – CiarĂ¡n O Mullain, Marine Times

"Cranpole's wry observations and humorous anecdotes make the mind boggle, not because they are too fantastic, but because they are all too real." – The Skipper

"He deals with everyday experiences of sailors and of the issues concerning seamen from bad weather to the EU's common fishery policy. When not dealing with such serious matters, his poems are funny and light-hearted as are also the sketches used to illustrate the book. Here and there we even detected a touch of the Kiplings." – Books Ireland, March 2012.

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