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Cyril James Morris

The Herring Man

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“A tender tale of love and loss that pulls you in like the tide” – Jack Smylie Wild, Riverwise

"What happens when the old stories are lost? The Herring Man explores the hinterland where realities and memories meet through peeling back the past as a young man learns how to give an old friend his long-earned peace. A touching, enchanting tale." – David Lloyd-Owen, A Wilder Wales

"The Herring Man is a poignant modern-day fable, a treasure chest of its own, overflowing with lyrical descriptions and images, in sketches and in words..." Nation.Cymru

"The Herring Man is a small but beautiful book that will linger long in your memory." Western Mail

"It is a treat to come across such an uncomplicated and quietly powerful tale as The Herring Man." The Lady magazine

"A highly recommended piece of work, whose narrative lulls you towards its end but which anchors your very soul." Buzz Magazine

"The Herring Man is not only a testament to preserving our history and our stories, but also an enchanting tale of grief, family and friendship." Pilgrim House


Part of a family’s heritage is the tales they leave behind, but what happens if you don’t have the voice to tell them?


Known locally as the Herring Man, Samuel Evans was a fisherman and sailor. He travelled across the seas, sketching down his experiences and leaving his adventure stories as a legacy. His grandson Gwyn is the only living relative left to tell his tales, but he spends his days in silent isolation, fixing damaged fishing nets with the net-needle Samuel carved from a walrus tusk.

When a lonely young boy becomes intrigued with his boat and offers to help fix it, they form a bond that gives Gwyn hope he’ll be able to speak again. As he starts talking about the past he begins to leave a legacy of his own. A riddle for the young boy to solve.


The Herring Man is a modern-day fable, beautifully illustrated by the author, about dealing with grief and searching for hope.





Born in Saundersfoot, Cyril James Morris joined the Royal Navy as an apprentice at age sixteen. He served twenty-two years as marine and aeronautical engineer, followed by training as a helicopter anti-submarine pilot and eventually as a helicopter maintenance test pilot. After his retirement he became a lobster fisherman in Saundersfoot for a couple of years and then took up a position in the U.S.A. as an aerostat flight director. He returned to Saundersfoot in 2014 to pursue his writing.