H.E. Crampton for The Boatman
H. E. Crampton was born in New Zealand, and studied chemical engineering and classics at the University of Canterbury. Jobs have included: fish packer, Latin teacher, Edinburgh B&B cook, relief hotel manager, surveyor's field assistant, English teacher in Japan and manager of the National Trust of Queensland’s James Cook Museum. The novel, The Boatman, was the thesis for an MA in creative writing at Victoria University in Wellington in 2015. Crampton was awarded a scholarship to continue the project. After spending eight years on Cape York Peninsula, Crampton now lives in Cairns with her husband and dog.
This engaging narrative of travel, love, loss and friendship skilfully combines the thrill of ocean travel and inter-personal conflict with more gentle exploration of the somewhat itinerant life of a young man seeking adventure and companionship. Opening with a highly suspenseful and high-stakes sequence set on the open ocean, The Boatman reveals a writer with a clear interest and affinity for writing place.