Scaramouche the Fool and his Books.

This site is being relocated, and the original you have presently reached will be maintained rather infrequently. Before long, when the new site seems pretty stable and is being found by Google, I shall put automatic redirects on each of the pages of this old site. In the meantime, you could click this link to go to the new one: grahamhague.com. Sorry about this!

Scaramouche, aka Graham Hague, has self-published a couple of books. These are the details. The second one, "WIT's Memoirs", is really my great-grandfather's book, as it is a verbatim record of his hand-written memoirs penned in 1932/3 and which I didn't want to become lost.

I guess it is fair to say that I self-published because I couldn't find a literary agent or publisher who was interested in "The Hurricane Jumpers". This is apparently very common these days for new authors - publishers and the like just cannot afford to take a chance on a new author and get it wrong, and my book is very "niche", so I wasn't altogether surprised that no-one would take it on, now matter how good it might appear to be to me!

The Hurricane Jumpers

The Hurricane Jumpers

This book can be bought as an e-book (Kindle Edition) at the two Amazon sites.
This is a book about the storm, my great-grandfather, the Germans and Americans present at Apia, Samoa in 1889, and HMS Calliope: the original "Hurricane Jumper". It details the people who were there, including some of the crews of the American warships: US Ships Vandalia, Trenton and Nipsic, and the German SM Schiffs Adler, Olga and Eber. It also gives a few details about people living in Apia, Upolu, Samoa at the time of the hurricane. Naturally, it goes into far more detail than does this website. I am very pleased with it. The images are ok, especially as the originals were 140 years old anyway. They would have been better printed traditionally on glossy paper rather than the same "text" paper CreateSpace use, but I hope no-one will mind.

Click the image of the book cover to see some data about the book and my self-publishing journey, probably only of interest to anyone thinking of self-publishing themselves.
WIT's Memoirs

WIT's Memoirs

This book can be bought as an e-book (Kindle Edition) at the two Amazon sites.
In case they ever got lost, I have self-published "William Isaac Thorndale's Memoirs" which contains these memories in his own words, spelling and grammar, and which carry a few of my research notes into what he talks about.

Since I used his memoirs as a strong central theme in my first book The Hurricane Jumpers there is much repetition between them.

I will be honest and say this book will probably only be of real interest to my family members. That said, it is the memoirs of a humble sailorman in Queen Victoria's Royal Navy between the years 1875 and 1890, as boy, man, and petty officer, and might be of interest to someone researching that time and environment. I faithfully reproduced my ancestor's words and grammar to ensure I didn't introduce anything not directly recorded by himself.
Mediterranean Disaster

Mediterranean Disaster - The Loss of HMS Victoria

This is my current project. The story of the terrible disaster in the Mediterranean when HMS Camperdown rammed and sank HMS Victoria.

I'll be lucky to finish it this year!