Douglas Reeman, Master maritime story teller is ill and needs help






It is with deep regret that we hear of the plight of master story teller Douglas Reeman (also writing as Alexander Kent) who has given so much pleasure to so man readers down the years. It is a reminder that even best selling authors can need help. Please go to and those with facebook accounts can help without even donating money. Please read the continuation.

Dear friends and fans of Douglas Reeman, the master story-teller of the sea,

Many of you who have written to my husband Douglas over the past several months know that 2016 has been a terrible year for us. At the end of February he fell ill with what have become recurrent bouts of urinary infection and pneumonia, and in late spring he suffered a stroke. He now has pneumonia again, as well as shingles, and he has just been diagnosed with leukemia. His doctors have told me he has only a few months to live. His express wish is to die peacefully at home, surrounded by love.

Palliative care 24 hours a day is prohibitively expensive. But Douglas is the most beautiful gift life has ever given me, and I have vowed to “see him over the side”, as he puts it, with composure, grace and dignity.

His books have touched so many people all over the world, in every walk of life, for more than fifty years, and his heroes, notably Richard Bolitho, embody the values of their creator: honour, compassion, duty, courage and sensitivity. My own “dearest of men”, my Douglas.

If you have ever wanted to thank Douglas Reeman or his alter ego Alexander Kent for his great gift of storytelling, if his books have moved, inspired, comforted and entertained you, perhaps you would care to help us through this darkest hour, as the tide ebbs.

May God bless you all for your warmth, friendship and support for his books throughout the years.

Kim Reeman

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