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21 Books – and Counting…

With the publication of Persephone this month I will have 21 books in print; 18 in the Kydd series, two historical standalones and a non-fiction work. I feel very privileged to be able to earn my living as a writer and I’m looking forward to penning more Kydd titles and possibly several further standalones – […]

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Stockwin Titles: What’s Out When

2017 is shaping up to be a busy publishing year for me. As well as two new Kydd titles, Persephone and The Baltic Prize in hardback, there are three paperbacks of previous titles coming out. As usual, all the books will be available in ebook and audiobook. So here are the publications dates for this […]

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Hats off to Sim!

Sim Comfort’s eclectic treasure trove of coins, medals, paintings, swords and other naval items has been built up over many decades. An American by birth, Sim joined the US Navy at age 18. The US Naval Security Group sent him to Guam and later to London, where the National Maritime Museum sparked a life-long love […]

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Chatham: World’s Most Complete Age of Sail Dockyard

Over the years I’ve toured over the Chatham Historic Dockyard quite a number of times. Shortly to reopen after its winter closure the dockyard is well worth a visit. There are seven main attractions – Command of the Ocean exhibition; Three Historic Warships (HMS Cavalier, HMS Garnet and HM Submarine Ocelot); the Victorian Ropery; RNLI […]

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Collectors Sets 2017

There will be a Collectors Set Offer for Persephone the next title in the Kydd Series (out May 2017). As usual, the Collectors Sets comprise a signed, embossed and numbered UK First Edition of the book plus a signed cover postcard. The Sets are strictly limited to 500 in number. First come, first served! Persephone […]

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You and Your Kydd!

Over the years readers have sent me some great pix of themselves taken with one or more of the Kydd books – like this photo from Canadian Rod Redden with Tyger, which he posted a few days ago. I’m compiling an online album of these and if you’d like to be included email me a […]

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The Nelson Quiz

This day two hundred and eleven years ago Lord Horatio Nelson died at the Battle of Trafalgar. By request, I’m posting a Nelson quiz I devised a few years ago. Test your knowledge of Nelson lore with these twenty questions. (Answers at the end of the blog.) And there’s a copy of Victory, up for […]

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INFERNO: Out next month!

Just a few weeks to the official launch on October 6 of Inferno, my latest Kydd tale! For this book Kathy and I travelled to Denmark and Sweden on location research, braving the Baltic chill in winter. The book sees Captain Thomas Kydd involved in the Second Battle of Copenhagen in 1807. This is what […]

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The Powder of Death: ‘a thrillingly entertaining story’

Once a manuscript goes off to the publisher the wait begins. When will I know whether my editor and agent like the book? Will structural adjustments or other major changes be required? How will early reviewers rate the book? I am lucky in my publisher Allison and Busby – they have great respect for an […]

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Gunpowder: Ten Cool Facts

Research for me is almost as interesting and rewarding as actual writing. I found this particularly true when doing my homework for The Powder of Death, my new historical standalone, out August 18. Not only did I have to delve into the medieval period in Europe but ancient China, the chemistry of gunpowder and the […]

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