The SYLE Press Publications

Latest Posts

An excellent woman

Nadya said: ‘You look tired, Niels. You have been on duty?’ ‘Yes. Soon I am going to bed.’ ‘Poor Niels. You have a hard time. So much duty, so little sleep.’ She looked at him,...

The advantages of marriage

‘You find passengers too much of a distraction.’ ‘Not too much, I think.’ ‘You don’t think straight; that’s the trouble. Once we’ve cleared Amsterdam, I suppose it will be the Simanyi girl again?’ ‘No, no.’...

No man knows another’s mind

‘Where?’ ‘In the barn – the little barn.’ ‘And how, then?’ ‘With his belt.’ ‘And with what reason?’ ‘It’s not known. Her, maybe.’ ‘In Hell – for her?’ ‘No man knows another’s mind.’ ‘But in...

No one can fine a captain

‘What are you doing, do you think?’ Josef glanced over his shoulder. ‘Fishing.’ ‘Forbidden,’ Olsen said. ‘Three thousand francs’ fine for any who fish within the harbour.’ ‘Truly?’ ‘Truly. Give me the rod. If anyone...

Now you can think

‘I give you a riddle,’ Olsen said suddenly. ‘It is black. It has eight wheels. But it is no vehicle. What is it?’ His penetrating, slightly protuberant eyes surveyed them as they shook their heads....

All winter we ate Alexander

Nadya rose to her feet and leaned over Olsen, embracing him and laughing. He bore with it with no loss of composure. She sat down at last, the bear skin across her knees. Josef came...

There is more than the bear to look at

Olsen said: ‘Not tomorrow morning.’ ‘Why not? Katerina must have air.’ ‘She can wait till we berth in Dieppe. Not a stroke of work was done on the ship while she was out this morning....

‘Do you like her?’

‘The bear goes a walk,’ Mrs Simanyi said. ‘Would the little Annabel wish to see this?’ ‘I’m sure she would,’ Mary said. ‘Thank you. Where is it?’ She pointed and smiled. ‘On the deck. That...

Next time she must speak

Carling clutched the rail in his agony, feeling the cold, wet metal sting his skin. Nothing made sense unless there was an answer, somewhere, somehow. She could not have left him like that without a...