Life on the Tyne

by Daniel M Turner

Available from 29 October 2016. Book Price £11.99 plus p&p (Royal Mail Signed For service).


In this book the author / photographer recalls activity on the River Tyne, Northeast England. It mainly focuses on observations made during his 20s and 30s with a more recent section photographed during his 50s (from 2007). The river is still a hub and most important to our region, but things have changed over time. Ships continue to call with varied cargo, passenger ferries pass, fishing boats ply to and fro and other vessels sail by. There’s life ashore too, on the river bank, and North Shields fish quay features highly – the author’s most frequented location … and his fascination here continues. His ‘fish quay life’ studies include some of its characters … and their stories. The text has been augmented by research and recollections from some of the author’s friends with river connections. A few gulls put in an appearance in Part Two; such species prompted his initial roaming around the river mouth from an early age.

Book features


100 pages in full colour;

around 90 photographs (1979 - 2016), two Victor Noble Rainbird paintings, one design;

page size 210 x 210 mm square format;

ISBN number 978-0-9930205-2-0;

graphic design by Raspberry Creative Type;

50 pence from each sale will be donated to the North Shields Fishermen's Heritage Project;

two book launches on 29 Oct 2016

Six local businesses sponsored the book. Sponsorship assisted with production costs and included a donation to the North Shields Fishermen’s Heritage Project.

Gold Sponsorship: Irvins brasserie and North Shields Fish Quay Company Ltd

Silver Sponsorship: J R Fisheries, Percy A Hudson Ltd and Seaview Fisheries

Bronze Sponsorship: Royal Quays Marina

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Where to find the book - Current outlets (last updated 18 May 2022)


  for sale at:

    Chirton Post Office (North Shields), 

    Coble and Keelboat Society, 

    Keel Row Books (11 Fenwick Terrace, Preston Road, North Shields), 

    Meander Gifts (Whitley Bay),

    Newbiggin Maritime Centre (Northumberland),

    Newcastle City Library,

    Nile Street Post Office (North Shields),

    North Shields library, 

    Old Low Light Heritage Centre (North Shields fish quay),

    Priory Newsagency (Percy Park Road, Tynemouth), 

    the Word (South Shields);

    Blackwell's Bookshop (Newcastle upon Tyne, online);

    Waterstones can order a copy of the book for you;

    also for sale through this website - see Place a book order tab;


  there is a lending copy available in one or two North Tyneside libraries.

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