Rocking The Boat
by Ian Ross
1963 and Paul Shaw, suburban dreamer, barely out of his teens, is ready to make the most of those flower-powered days of innocence and decadence as the black-and-white post-war world of Britain blooms into glorious psychedelic colour.
Soundtrack Baby! Says Liam, the Radio Pirate Chief, when he meets Paul. His plan for 50 kilowatts of offshore pop power 24/7 will blow every mind in the nation, and blow the lid off pressure-cooker Britain. All it needs is cash, and that's where Paul comes in, with his rich dad.
From Haslemere to the High Seas Paul Shaw is drawn inexorably from suburbia into committing a historic act at which governments trembled, politicians railed, the people cheered, gunboats were dispatched, and 38 million Britons tuned in and turned on. Falling in love en route, he finally gropes his way to the happy ending.
The thinly veiled story of Radio Caroline is a sidesplitting comic novel about how against all the odds three total goofers pulled it off.
- Ian Ross, January 2013
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