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BookPick: Seven September Selections

Autumn (or Fall for my American friends) always seems a good time to curl up with an engrossing book. This BookPick has seven items, from a paean to recreational sailing to a chronicle of the 1779 siege of Gibraltar to a celebration of the most-used weapon in history. Whether you’re looking for an addition to […]

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Win The Baltic Prize!

The Baltic Prize will be the next title in the Kydd Series. In the run-up to the official launch of The Baltic Prize on November 2 we’re holding a special contest for a prize of an early copy of the book. There will be five winners! To enter, email julian@julianstockwin.com with the name of the […]

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Salute the Good Ship Vega!

Since first hearing of the work of Shane Granger & Meggi Macoun aboard Vega several years ago I’ve followed their work with growing admiration for what two people can do to really make a difference. Vega is a 125-year-old Hardanger-built Norwegian sailing cargo vessel. The great tsunami of 2004 was the catalyst for Vega‘s humanitarian […]

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Fest-14: – Caribbee

Over previous months I’ve been celebrating the earlier titles in the Kydd Series, it’s Caribbee for this blog. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the book, either as a first-time reader or if you’re a re-reader and have read it more than once! It’s very gratifying for an author to be told that his […]

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Researching the Kydd Novels #6

One of the elements of writing my Kydd tales that I particularly enjoy is the research, and it’s one of the things I’m most questioned about when I give talks or do author signings. There are many aspects of this – consulting primary and secondary sources, speaking to experts, undertaking location research, visiting museums and […]

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Researching the Kydd Novels #1

One of the elements of writing my Kydd tales that I particularly enjoy is the research, and it’s one of the things I’m most questioned about when I give talks or do author signings. There are many aspects of this – consulting primary and secondary sources, speaking to experts, undertaking location research, visiting museums and […]

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BookPick: Summer Selection

This selection covers a broad range of topics including the real story behind the loss of HMS Gloucester during World War II, the influence of the Royal Navy on the West Coast of America 1812-1914 – and leadership at sea in the Merchant Marine. Whether it’s an addition to your library or just a good […]

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Bookpick: Spring Selection

This selection covers a broad range of topics including what we can learn from ship models, the life of a Yorkshire bargeman and a scholarly compilation of the importance of the sea in history And there’s also a delightful book about London’s weird and wonderful places, many of which would have been familiar to my […]

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The Other Man in My Life

My wife Kathy and I work together as a close creative team writing the Kydd titles and my other books. George Jepson, the editor of the online magazine Quarterdeck, recently asked Kathy would she like to write a piece about Team Stockwin from her point of view. The result was this article, published in the […]

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Discovering Kydd: What’s Your Story?

I recently posted this on Facebook – ‘One of my readers told me: “I stumbled upon Kydd by luck and subsequently devoured the rest in the series in just under 3 weeks.” I’m curious as to how others discovered my Kydd tales…’ The response was overwhelming, with great variety in how readers came across my […]

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