BookPicks for Christmas
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Books make great Christmas gifts and I’ve chosen twelve to recommend for Santa’s sack. Some classics, some discoveries – and all have a maritime connection of some kind…
By James Davey and Richard Johns, Seaforth
The Royal Navy during the second half of the eighteenth century through the lens of contemporary caricature. Witty and perceptive!
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|Under a Yellow Sky
By Simon J Hall, Whittles Publishing
A lively memoir written of the time when the British merchant fleet was still one of the largest in the world – and the Red Ensign a common sight.
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|Courage on our Coasts
By Nigel Millard, Conway
Commencing on the Isle of Man – the birthplace of the RNLI – a clockwise circumnavigation of the British and Irish coasts. Stunning photography!
|Nelson, Navy & Nation
Edited by Quintin Colville & James Davey, Conway
The Royal Navy and the British People 1688-1815. Superbly illustrated.
|British Naval Swords & Swordsmanship
By John McGrath and Mark Barton, Seaforth
A fascinating look at the sword – not just as a sought-after collector’s piece but its position in the wider social and historical context.
|The Conquest of the Ocean by Brian Lavery
By Brian Lavery, Dorling Kindersley
A gloriously illustrated account of 5000 years of seafaring history.
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By Rick Jolly, Conway
The humourous and colourful slang of the Senior Service. A delightful book to dip into!
By Brian Lavery, Conway
Reprinted many times, this is must be the most comprehensive one-volume overview of Britain’s navy during the Napoleonic wars. Highly recommended.
By Iain Ballantyne, Orion
The incredible true story of the Cold War beneath the waves. Now told!
|The Sailors Word Book
By William Smyth, Cambridge University Press
An indispensable guide to nineteenth-century nautical vocabulary.
|Turner and the Sea
By Christine Riding and Richard Jones, Thames & Hudson
Throwing new light on the seascapes of one of the foremost figures of British and European art. A coffee table book to treasure!
|Broke of the Shannon and the War 1812
By Tim Voelcker, Seaforth
His victory over Chesapeake had far-reaching consequences. A timely update in the bicentenary year of his victory.
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And if you’re looking for a specific Signed First Edition Kydd title I still have a few available. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details and prices. (Kydd Club members are entitled to a 10% discount on all purchases.) I’m happy to add a personal Christmas message. To ensure delivery in time for Christmas the deadline for orders is November 30. Don’t delay to avoid disappointment!