Birgom's Diary

by Clive Semmens

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To Birgom's people, the Known World is bounded by treacherous ice to the North and South, by the endless ocean to the West, and by impenetrable jungles and merciless deserts in the East.

Birgom leaves this world behind.

Sometimes joyful, sometimes desperately sad, sometimes written in excruciating detail or forgotten for years, Birgom's Diary charts his long and eventful life in a world that's recognizably ours, yet very different. Maybe a few hundred years in the future, maybe a few thousand, I don’t know. Post-apocalyptic, but so far post- that the apocalypse is the subject of speculation or mythology, not history – on the rare occasions that it enters anyone’s consciousness at all. This is not a sci-fi world of high technology or space travel, but nor is it a world of primitive savages. But you’ll have to read it…

In the back of the book there are some maps that Birgom drew of his travels.

It's in the same world as my previous novel, Exile, with some of the same characters – Birgom is an important secondary character in Exile, and his diary is mentioned.

The "Story Elements" below are oversimplified: while there's a lot of nautical setting, there's a lot of non-nautical setting too; and the time period is wrong.

Story Elements

Ratings Factors

Language: Minor profanity used occasionally
Sexual Content: Sexual acts implied but not described
Target Audience Age/Stage of Life: Everyone (no target age)
Violence: Death, but minimal violence


Geography: Earth
Realism: Consistent with real world, no magic, no unachieved science
Setting Type: On or underwater/Nautical
Time Period: 2010 - 2019

Main Character

Age: Other or N/A
Gender: Male
Race: Irrelevant
Religion: Irrelevant
Sexual Preference: Heterosexual

Styles & Themes

Humor: Moments of levity
Inspires Reader to Feel: Politically or Socially Motivated
Mysteries & Puzzles: Modest mystery element(s) to story
Pacing: Time to savor, deliberate
Physical Action: Nature-based survival action
Political/Social Commentary: Politics play a minor role
Romance: Significant romantic themes


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About the author

Clive Semmens

Clive Semmens was born in 1949 in London, and grew up in Yorkshire and Hertfordshire, England. He has degrees in Engineering and Mathematics (1st class honours). He's had a varied career in engineering, research, teaching, teacher training and lecturing, publishing and technical writing. He retired in 2007, and now spends his time writing novels, short stories, and articles on various topics, particularly environmental issues. He stood for parliament as a Green Party candidate in the 2015 UK general election. He's been a frequent visitor to India since 1983, mainly to spend time with his wife's many relatives there - they were married there in 1984. They are widely traveled within Europe, much less so elsewhere (apart from India). He speaks and writes French, German and Hindi to a useful but not high standard.

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