Desmond Fforde, husband of best-selling writer Katie, has
launched a new book of sea stories to raise funds and awareness for
The Prostate Cancer Charity.
The launch which took place on board Desmond and Katie's house
boat in Canary Wharf, London, was attended by a host of literary
faces, including Desmond's cousin, Jasper Fforde, who raised a
glass to the success of the book.
Desmond put together his favourite tales from the sea, by
authors such as C S Forester, and created 'A Seaman's Book Of Sea
Stories,' with all proceeds going to The Prostate Cancer
Desmond said: "When Katie was asked to contribute a short story
for Ultimate Burlesque, a book raising money for breast cancer
charities, I started to think I'd like to do something for male
cancers. Prostate cancer is talked about much less than some of the
other cancers which get a lot of publicity and so I am thrilled to
be supporting The Prostate Cancer Charity."
Desmond's interest in the sea goes back to his days in the
He explains: "When I went to sea in the early 1960s Britain had
the largest merchant fleet in the world; now it's largely
non-existent. It's a lost world that needs recording and I hope
this book will help do that."
The three Ffordes: Desmond, Katie and Jasper on board the
The Prostate Cancer Charity's Chief Executive, John Neate,
"We are delighted that Desmond has so kindly decided to donate
the profits of his book to The Prostate Cancer Charity. It promises
to be a great read, with some of the most famous tales of the sea
in history and I for one can't wait to dive in. I'm sure that the
book will be a winner and we wish Desmond every success with
A Seaman's Book of Sea Stories, is available to purchase now. To
order a copy, visit http://www.accentpress.co.uk