The Good Ship Venus, Or, the Lass Who Loved a Sailor: A Novel - John WintonLondon: Michael Joseph, 1984, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. The contents lightly toned with age.
From the cover: “Wrens… at sea… on board her Majesty’s ships! The horror in Rear Admiral (Sea Training)’s voice reflects the outrage of every right-thinking officer in the Royal Navy. But it seems that the Ministry of Defence (Navy) has decreed that as a modern experiment in man — or woman-power HMS Venus will have Wrens amongst her officers and ship’s company. So, says the Admiral forebodingly, as he watches Venus arriving to begin her training programme: As long as there’s a ship called Venus, half filled with women, everybody in the navy is going to be thinking about sex all the time!
Actually, the Admiral is wrong. They don’t think about sex — not all the time. The Wrens, very ably led by Second Officer Susie Remington W.R.N.S., are determined to show themselves as good as the next man. Whilst the Captain, Lt. Cdr Toby Harington R.N., and the rest of the men come to realise that there is much to be said for the woman’s touch on board, in more ways than one.
Leading Seaman Albert Leakey, Bosun’s Mate and the senior male chauvinist on board, may say Of all the ‘orrible things this ‘orrible Navy has ever done, these ‘orrible women are the ‘orriblest. But as Wrens and sailors settle down to live and work together, not everybody agrees with that statement!”