Reader Reviews


Lucy Wilkins from Portreath, Cornwall

Perfect. Great quality, informative, interesting, brilliant photographic history and present day, personal and proud. Well done xx


Elaine Trethowan (book researcher) from Penzance, Cornwall

Proof reading 'Service Not Self' in my Penzance garden. A real labour of love and worth every single minute of all the hard work 

Peter Brew from St. Day, Cornwall

This is an excellent read. Thoroughly recommend it!

Lee Spinks from Cheshunt, Hertfordshire

My son has to wear his RNLI hat when I read it to him.


Neil Crosswell from Burton on Trent

Great book well written. It brought moments sadness but also great respect for the work that all the guys and girls do in the RNLI. A highly motivational read. Thank you.


Susan Airhart Spanks from Daytona Beach, Florida, USA

What a fantastic piece of history! I am enjoying reading the stories about the amazing people that have manned these lifeboats through the years. It is awesome to open the book and see my cousins in the photos. Thank you for my book. And thank you all for your service. Service Not Self.


Kelly Ann Mulhall from Hazlemere, Buckinghamshire

The selfless acts of bravery both past and present took my breath away. Thank you everyone for all that you do and all that you continue to do. A fascinating read worthy of anyone's book collection.


John Lloyd from Frodsham, Cheshire

Want an excuse not do do chores?
Simply purchase Penlee lifeboat history as it wont let you put it down. What a read.


Stormy Stan from the RNLI

Best book I have read all year!


Steve and Freddie Ladner from Kent

Loving the book, great past present and future plus great photographs....especially the good looking bloke on page 42!! (WEBMASTER NOTE - I think you mean top left of Page 37)


Phil Worth (son of Coxswain Jack Worth) from Hope Cove, Devon

A wonderful read with superb photos throughout. Some of the photos of Dad I have never seen before.
Note the brass porthole on the wall - it came from the Solomon Browne lifeboat and was given to Jack Worth by Mousehole diver, Bobby Carswell, who dived on the wreck area.


Michelle Moore from Worcestershire

Fabulous book xxxx


Sharon Airhart Richards from Baltimore MD

Am enjoying reading about the brave men who sacrificed all to help those in need and to read about the birthplace of my Grandfather and his family.


Maik Jens Linnebrüg from Wilhelmshaven, Northern Germany

Fantastic book.


The Owl and the Pussy Cat (AKA Denise Gent) from Penzance

Twit Woo! fantastic and amazing read haven't been able to put it down!


Derek Thomas MP for constituency of St Ives and the Isles of Scilly

The book 'Service not Self' is a book that brings to life, in a moving and fascinating way, the story of the brave lifeboat men throughout Penlee's history. And I know that despite the modern craft our lifeboat men now have, their service is no less dangerous, no less brave.

On the terrace in the Palace of Westminster taking a moment to read 'Service not Self' by Rachael Campey


Mark Deakin from Mildura, Victoria, Australia

Received with warm thanks courtesy of my Uncle Frederick Downing along with a copy of Penlee Lifeboat The First 200 years & a CD of Home From The Sea by the Mousehole Male Voice Choir.


Jonathan Cuff from Grand Cayman B. W.I.

Got a book from the lifeboat station thank you. Think we got it from your Coxwain! Here is my wife Tracy reading it back in Grand Cayman B.W.I. !! Brilliant book btw


Seamus Houghton from Thrapston, Northants

I have just started reading the new book, which I bought when down in Mousehole a couple of weeks ago. It is an amazing read, especially the early history of the lifeboat station and the chapter on how many families have been connected with the lifeboat. Highly recommend it.


Becky May McGraw from Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Thank you for my Signed Copy ! Thank you Maggie Huebner for bringing it stateside. Elaine Trethowan for orchestrating this book. Especially Nimrod Bawden who has always been a hero in my eyes!


David Walsh from Marazion, Cornwall

Service not Self a fantastic read