In 1908, fifteen-year-old Charles John McGuinness boarded a ship on Derry quay and sailed around the coast of Britain and Ireland for six months. He was bitten by the travel bug and adventured across the world for the rest of his life, dying at sea in 1947. Nomad is a riveting memoir written by Charlie in the 1930s. It tells his story from the high seas to the streets of New York, from Africa to the Pacific islands, from his enlistment in the British Army to active service with the IRA, and from Arctic explorer and American hero to rum-runner extraordinaire during the prohibition era. Nomad is a provocative story that offers suspense, danger and a personal insight into a rapidly changing and often violent world in the early twentieth century.
Merdog Books is an independent publisher based in Donegal, on the northwest coast of Ireland. The mythical merdog is a symbol of what excites us about literature. The raw power, beauty and danger of the sea is combined with the boundless curiosity of a dog unleashed along the shore. Merdog Books publishes fiction and non- fiction titles that reflect our love for powerful and affecting storytelling, and probing, persistent investigation of important issues.