November 20, 2004
MY BOOK REVIEW; "QE2 - A SHIP FOR ALL SEASONS"
"QE2 - a ship for all seasons" by David F Hutchings. 1988 (Kingfisher Railway Publications).
This book has been described on various book listing sites as: "Packed with information, this excellent book provides an historical background to the QE2, records why and how she was built; and describes the alterations and the major re-engineering of the ship from steam to diesel. Included is a detailed account of the early problems affecting QE's turbines. Illustrated with nearly 100 photographs (some colour) & drawings. Deck Plans".
Is it any good?
I really enjoyed this book. The version I have is the 1988 one, and apparently there is a more recent version from the 1990s that adds in the history post the re-engineering to diesel. This book (of course) tells the same story of the QE2 - as there is only one. But he has so much more anecdotes and stories, many of them small but they add to the overall picture and you feel like you are getting so much more of an insider story. Great stuff. I recommend it!