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#FridayReads – Where’s Sailor Jack? Review

Confessions of a Creative Writing Teacher

For John

One of the best things about being an editor and a teacher is seeing an author you’ve worked with launch their book. This has just happened with Where’s Sailor Jack? I worked with John Uttley as a developmental editor on this novel, but please don’t think me partisan. Anyone who has read my work as a literary critic will know that I’m a straight shooter when it comes to good and bad writing. Where’s Sailor Jack? is a pleasure to read, and a great debut from a meticulous writer. I love this book simply as a reader, and I’m very happy to see it in print.


Where’s Sailor Jack? is by turns romantic, poignant, and extremely funny, exactly what I want from a family saga. Like its hero, Bob Swarbrick, this novel is charming, charismatic and complex, and reminds us that not all contemporary fiction has to mirror Hollywood, with…

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