Hardscratch Press

Jackie Pels,
658 Francisco Ct.
Walnut Creek, CA

email: jrbpels@


Circuses & Sailing Ships:
Recollections of a Runaway New England Boy

Norman C. Getchell (1880-1976)
as told to his son, Nelson F. Getchell

ISBN: 0-9678989-0-0. LCN: 00-091207.
88 pages, 6x9, bibliography, "extravagantly illustrated." $14.50

American Library Association nominee.

"Among other adventures, this turn-of-the-19th-century teenage boy was run out of town behind a club-wielding elephant, survived a fiery shipwreck and a week adrift in the south Atlantic, and lived for a season on an exotic island in the Indian Ocean. During all this period  his family in Maine had no idea where he was, and he didn't contact them until he was a grown man, after a bizarre brush with death in New York City." From the Introduction.


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