Missing the Boat Launch

Missing the Boat  by David  ‘Cuz’ Jeppe was launched on 9 February 2017 at Love Books in Johannesburg.                                                                                                                                                                        

Jenny Tuckett officiated on Behalf of Otterley Press and Piers Cross gave the introductory speech before Cuz responded

 Jane Abrams, Convenor of the Thursday Night Writing Class  Group says  in an email to Jackie of Otterley press: Just to tell you that Cuz’s launch was in my opinion a wild success, shop packed with people, many of them famous and all of them beautiful! Piers gave a great opening speech, and then he and Cuz turned into a comedy duo, swapping jokes and puns about sailing, and keeping us all laughing. Really great, Jackie, and well done to everybody.


A young man sets out to build a boat from materials scrounged from building sites and bought with carefully hoarded occasional wages; it becomes an object of love as each plank and screw finds its place over many months. The small catamaran is painstakingly transferred to the coast where it is finished and finally launched on an extraordinary maiden voyage.

This is an adventure of a rare kind, which not only describes a sea-going experience in authentic detail, but which also evokes the sounds and smells of a misty estuary anchorage in winter among a  fishing population who are not always friendly to this young stranger. David Jeppe writes beautiful, lyrical prose, and the voyage, with its surprising, heart-wrenching ending, will live long in the memories of readers who enjoy a good yarn and a thought-provoking journey into the depths of the human heart.


David ‘Cuz’ Jeppe   - Carpenter, boat builder, sometime author. Now spends his time trying to grow grass for warthogs or horses.