CONTENTS


Latest News:

The four novels described on this website are now available in book form from:

 

www.lulu.com

 

Access Lulu's main page for 'Books', then enter MIKE BENT in the 'search' box at the top of the page. This will show you all seven of my publications, fiction and non-fiction.  

 

There is no photo gallery for The Long Coast on this website. For a trip up the Norwegian coast in the mid-1970s, please visit the three photo galleries at the bottom of the Contents page on:

 

http://mmikebent.googlepages.com

 

Just in case you happened on this website by chance, here are the addresses of my other sites . . .

 

http://norwegiancoastalexpress.googlepages.com

 

As its name suggests, the focus of this website is the world-famous Hurtigrute shipping service between Bergen and Kirkenes. The site is built around the original manuscript for my 1987 book Coastal Express - The Ferry to the Top of the World - in other words the text is nearly twice as long as that which was published in book form and is a definitive history in English of the service and its forerunners. In addition to the text there are numerous pages of tables (many previously unpublished) and several illustration galleries, some of which contain sketches and ship profiles by the author.

The Hurtigrute fleet list, with full colour profiles of virtually all the ships used on the service up to 1987 (and data only on the latest generation of vessels), is at long last published, since I now have an A3 scanner, capable of recording digitally the A3 size profiles I drew for Coastal Express in the mid-1980s. Please go to:

 

 

http://mmikebent.enterprises.googlepages.com 

 

http://mmikebent.googlepages.com

 

This website title is in fact a misleading mistake - it was a site I created by accident while trying to set up this one! I had (and still have) no idea how to change it, so decided to use it to accommodate an article I wrote in the mid-1980s on the history of the Nattrute, the overnight steamer service which linked Stavanger and Bergen between 1892 and 1974. The article first appeared in Sea Breezes in June and July 1986.

 

The above website is also the home of an annotated photo gallery describing a trip up the Norwegian coast and to Svalbard in the mid-1970s. No apologies for the quality of the scanned slides!

 

Other websites, mainly on maritime themes, are in preparation, and details will be posted here once they are up and running.

 

Listed below are the pages on this website, starting with the home page:

  WELCOME TO MIKE’S WORLD OF (SEMI-) FICTION<?xml namespace prefix="o" ns="u

 . . . what a lovely 'address' for the home page! Whyever did Google append that curiosity that to my title???

 POLES APART IN EUROPE . . .

  INTRODUCTION - CANTABRIAN SUMMER, BALTIC WINTER

 THE FORGOTTEN ERUDITE

   INTRODUCTION - A MINE CALLED WAGNER MINERVA,A MAID CALLED MINERVA

  WAGNER MINERVA - EXTRACTS PART ONE

 WAGNER MINERVA - EXTRACTS PART TWO

  WAGNER MINERVA - EXTRACTS PART THREE

 FIDDLER ON THE FINCA

  INTRODUCTION - THE RAPE OF ARCADIA

  THE RAPE OF ARCADIA - EXTRACTS PART ONE

  THE RAPE OF ARCADIA - EXTRACTS PART TWO

  THE RAPE OF ARCADIA - EXTRACTS PART THREE

 STEAMING INTO HISTORY

 INTRODUCTION - THE LONG COAST

  THE LONG COAST - EXTRACTS PART ONE

  THE LONG COAST - EXTRACTS PART TWO

  THE LONG COAST - EXTRACTS PART THREE

  THE LONG COAST - EXTRACTS PART FOUR

  CANTABRIAN SUMMER BALTIC WINTER PHOTO GALLERY

 THE RAPE OF ARCADIA PHOTO GALLERY

  WAGNER MINERVA PHOTO GALLERY