I thoroughly enjoyed the excerpts from Mark's book in the latest Commutator - both text and accompanying images were superlative. Particularly interesting was his material on the debate within the WSL on the merits of Tuesday night arrivals. Looking forward to the next extract and the book itself (hope it's still on target for release this month!).
If what Mark posted in Titanic-Titanic is any indication, there's been another delay. Andrew Clarkson got a notice saying his order had been canceled. I haven't recieved any such, but if I do, I'll just have to re-order.
I am looking forward as much as everybody to Mark’s book. He’s not only an ambitious and talented writer but also happens to be a thorough researcher. Here’s to hoping the kinks get worked out and the book goes to press soon.
Hi I have been talking to Mark recently and the book relase date was brought up in the diccussion in the email. I'll just post it here if anyone is wondering.
"The Olympic class should be out 3-4 weeks after October 6th; but I'll believe it when I see it. And then the Olympic book before Christmas, maybe mid-late November. So if anyone asks you, please let them know." - Mark Chrinside
I think there will be cries of joy rebounding from sea to sea when Mark's book hits the shelves (and the online sites). Sounds like some folks have had a frustrating time with the hokey-pokey messages from Amazon ("book will be ship...book will not ship...book avaiable in X weeks...book unattainable..."), but all the pre-publication buzz and Commutator excerpts indicate it's going to be worth the wait.
"We have contacted the publishers, and they have informed us that the publication date of this title has been delayed. They now expect this book will be released 29 November, 2004, however please know this may be subject to further delays".
I received the same email from amazon.uk this morning, and an identical one about Mark's next book, "RMS Olympic: Titanic's Sister", also with 29 November as the anticipated release date.
Meanwhile, on other fora, I'm seeing messages (from Mark) to the effect that the "Olympic Class" book was, in fact, released last Wednesday and (from others) that copies have already started to show up in folks' mail boxes.