Tony Tame was born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1943. His mother was a native Jamaican and his father was "technically" an Englishman who arrived on the island with their baby in arms. An only "island" child, he naturally assumed that simply by being born he had done all that could reasonably be assumed would be required of him in life.

Tony enthusiastically left high school in absolute agreement with his father’s view that "spending further money on tertiary education in his case would be a waste of hard-earned money." From that day onward he progressed steadily through the ranks of waterfront characters from being a basic seaside idler to eventually a supplier of fishing and other marine equipment. Those intervening fifty-odd years experience with the University of Salt Water and Boats represents his "true" education.

A few months shy of his seventieth birthday, he has written his second novel of Jamaica. As with his first, THE VILLAGE CURTAIN (Savant 2009) this second work continues to explore of the lives of the men and women of his beloved Jamaica who try to wrest a living from the sea. "Fish ought to be priced like gold and weighed out on jeweler’s scales," says Tony. In actuality, payment to the artisanal fishermen is minimal and the scales of the buyers and distributors are often crooked as they come.

Tony Tame is an unabashed admirer of people who face their desperate situations with resilience and humor, and believes that all good fishermen should come back to life reincarnated as hedge-fund managers and investment bankers. It would prove a great boon to this ailing world.

Tony does yacht delivery jobs (which he did on a regular basis for years) while going on as many fishing trips as the weather will allow and pretending to run the family business: Commercial Marine Equipment Ltd. According to Tony, like so many "island" businesses, it is really run by his wife, Jennifer. When asked about this, Tony explains that this way he can hide from "real" work, authoring not included. After all, lifting a big fish over the transom of a boat rolling in rough weather is good exercise for a senior citizen, but certain other activities such as balancing checkbooks and seeing to the routine of an office are much too strenuous for a person of his advancing years.

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