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BookPick : Spring 2021

I vividly remember my first boat. She was called ‘Galah‘ and I sailed her in waters around Tasmania that would have been familiar to the early explorers of what was then Van Diemen’s Land. Sadly, these days I have little time to venture out on the water but I retain a strong interest in boats, […]

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BookPick : Winter 2021

This first BookPick for 2021 is an eclectic selection of titles that caught my eye recently. These range from an updated record of all fighting ships of the Royal Navy from the 15th century to the present – to a history of visual communication at sea – to three titles dealing with various aspects of […]

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In Conversation with John Broomhead: Finding ‘Invincible’

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Hampshire-based amateur diver John Broomhead for over 20 years and have a huge respect for the work he (and a small group of fellow enthusiasts) undertook in connection with the excavation of the wreck of HMS Invincible, which they did without any government funding. Invincible was originally a 74-gun […]

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BookPick: Winter Selection

The Thomas Kydd Series is set during the period of the Revolutionary wars (1793-1815) as experienced through the life of former wig-maker turned naval hero Thomas Kydd. My research library contains hundreds of volumes on the Royal Navy and life in Britain during those troubled times. I’ve also gleaned a useful insight into the mind […]

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Balkan Glory coming soon!

My next Kydd tale, Balkan Glory is published in just a couple of weeks, in hardback and ebook on October 1. The audiobook will be narrated as usual by the highly talented Christian Rodska. This is the twenty-third book in the series and features the doughty crew of HMS Tyger and her gallant captain Sir […]

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Bookpick: Naval Warfare in the Twentieth Century

My main research interest is in the Royal Navy at the time of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars (1793-1815) but having served in both the British and Australian Navy I also enjoy reading about other navies, ships and men from other times and different theatres of conflict. This selection includes a memoir from a […]

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BookPick: Summer Selection 2020

After sending in the manuscript for Balkan Glory to my editor – and before diving into the research and planning for the next Kydd title I decided to catch up on some of the books in my ‘to read’ pile. I’ve chosen six of these (two of which are reprints that I revisited having come […]

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BookPick: The Senior Service

I’m focusing on the Royal Navy with this latest selection of BookPicks. As many of you know I had the honour of serving in both the Royal Navy and the Royal Australian Navy and my time at sea was one of the highlights of my life. I now write about the Royal Navy in the […]

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Balkan Glory: Collectors Set

I’ll be offering a Special Collector’s Set of my next book, Balkan Glory. This will comprise a signed, numbered and embossed UK First Edition and a signed cover postcard. The Set is strictly limited to 500. To add your name to the list email admin@julianstockwin.com with your full details, including postal address. The Set, inclusive […]

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Yuletide Selection II

I’m a bit of a gruff creature when it comes to the commercialisation of Christmas – but there’s one thing that I fervently believe: a book is a present that, if well chosen for the recipient, will give hours of pleasure and be a lasting reminder in itself of someone putting thought, not just money, […]

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